Saturday, February 19, 2011
The Works: Midseason Matters
Today in The Works: Who will win the awards?
Who Gets The Gold?
Eric Freeman: It seems like the voters often decide on their MVP several months before the season ends, so this is as good a time as any. LeBron James has the Heat riding high after a shaky start, and he could end up the winner. But it seems like Derrick Rose's year -- he's stepped his game up and the Bulls are looking like contenders. Sometimes, that's enough to win this award.
Bethlehem Shoals: It seems like everybody is riding high, the way you talk about it. Look, I'm going to give it to you straight: LeBron James is the best player in the game. And after that shaky start, he's really made that Heat team his own, or at least found a way to assert himself so that every lesser player -- including that dynamo Dwyane Wade -- ends up following his rhythms. And that's not a bad thing. James, contrary to popular belief, isn't a selfish jerk, he does a lot of things on the court and only really takes over when it's execution time. Derrick Rose? You've lost it. Nice year, nice team, but they aren't there yet. It's called Most Valuable, not Most Improved.