Apr 28, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) and shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half of game one in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Lebron James Wins Third MVP

Lebron James was announced today as the Most Valuable Player of the NBA, and to me and anyone else, it wasn’t a surprise.  I thought Kevin Durant had a shot at winning, but James had his best year in all the major categories, and you see how valuable he is to the Miami Heat.

Almost feels like he’s becoming the leader of that team, even though Dwayne Wade has been there, and always been the leader.  You can see the control James has on the floor and off the floor.   He’s establishing himself as the Miami Heat.  He wants to earn that first ring, so people can stop harping on that.  But even with one, is that enough to solidify his career?

May 5, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts at the end of the game against the Dallas Mavericks during game four of the 2012 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Center. The Thunder beat the Mavs 103-97. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Durant finishes second in the voting, and I believe he’s just as valuable to the Oklahoma City Thunder as James is to Miami.  Even with fellow teammate, Russell Westbrook, the Thunder are Durant’s team.  That’s the important thing with great players, you know they are the team.  Like Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls. And as much as I dislike him, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.

 

 

 

 

May 9, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) is held back by point guard Mo Williams (25) after having a technical foul called on him during the second half of game five in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 92-80. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

 

Chris Paul might establish himself as the face of the Los Angeles Clippers as he finishes third in the voting.  Maybe an under the radar vote because I felt like I hardly heard about what Paul was doing out there for the Clippers, but good recognition for him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 10, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts during the first half of game six in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Bryant finishes fourth, and we all know how important he is to the Lakers.  With such a lengthy career, it’s hard to believe 33 and playing in year 16.  Doesn’t even sound right.  But here’s Kobe still doing his thing, and trying to push the Lakers past the Nuggets in the first round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 7, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) sits during warm-ups prior to game four in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Rounding out the top five in MVP voting was Tony Parker.  No doubt he really set himself as the face of the San Antonio Spurs.  He looked to be more aggressive this year, and make sure the Spurs went somewhere. I didn’t think the Spurs would be up in the top of the NBA in overall record, or even top of the Western Conference.  But there they were right at the top.  Finishing second in record right below the Chicago Bulls.  Tony Parker was an important part of that, and the Spurs look to get yet another title in this decade.

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