The MVP award in the respective team sports has become utterly worthless in recent years. What it means now — to most writers’ associations — is “the best player on the team with the best record.” Which is just flat out silly.
What the MVP award shouldÂ mean is “the player who was most valuableÂ to his team.” In other words, if said player was taken away from said team, how bad would they be? Fortunately, Tiger Woods understands this, as it relates to the NBA this season.
“D-Wade has now gotten himself into the conversation,” Woods said after finishing his final round in the CA Championship at Doral, only a few miles from the Heat’s arena. “He’s doing more with less, obviously. But I think it’s probably going to come down to LeBron and Kobe.”
Woods acknowledged that what LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are doing this season is “pretty impressive.” That’s because it is — but Woods’ Â point that Wade is doing “more with less” is the most important aspect of the MVP debate. Without Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat are a basement team.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt my stance that I called D-Wade dominating from Day One (yes, I amÂ a shameless self-promoter, thanks for asking!). But it’s also become incredibly frustrating to watch MVP-caliber players have their seasons derailed by a lack of understanding towards what an award should mean.
Sadly, Tiger’s also correct on another count: Wade won’t get the love in time to actually make a run at the award, and too many writers will be tied up with the whole “Kobe v. LeBron Debate” to bother caring that Wade has stratopherically launched himself into the debate in a way that should be seriously considered.