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Celtics beat writer voted for Carmelo over LeBron and it's not that big a deal

LeBron received 120 of 121 votes for the MVP Award, which lends itself to an obvious question: Who didn't vote for LeBron?

LeBron joked during his MVP acceptance speech that "it was probably a writer out of New York who didn't give me that vote." But, alas! The writer is from Boston. Respected Celtics beat writer Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe voted for Carmelo Anthony ahead of James. Washburn's reasoning: Anthony did more for his team than James.

The vote went to Anthony despite James being, in Washburn's his words, "unquestionably" the "best player in the game." Washburn wrote a story in today's Globe explaining his vote. CLICK ME!

"When I placed my NBA MVP vote a few weeks ago," wrote Washburn, "I knew I would be in the minority. I knew LeBron James was the prohibitive favorite to win his fourth award because he unquestionably is the best player in the game."

Was Washburn wrong to vote for Anthony? No, because there is NEVER a definitive answer when it comes to voting for awards based in part on subjectivity. There has never been a unanimous vote for the NBA’s MVP Award. Shaquille O’Neal (1999-2000) is the only other player to receive all but one vote. 

And all this is perfectly fine, of course. LeBron didn't have to win all the votes. That's not the point of the voting format. The point is to get it right, which usually happens. Sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada vote for the award along with one vote given to fans and tabulated by NBA.com. Of course there's going to be some variations on the interpretations of what exactly makes a player the league's MVP.

In my opinion (and, yes, I had a vote), the award should go to the player who had the best season based both on individual numbers and team success. But I also factor in intangible things like leadership when I vote for awards like these (I'm also a Heisman voter). Other voters place more weight on a players' value individually compared to the rest of the team. Based on that criterion, it's easy to see how someone would consider not voting for a player from the Heat.

After all, even Erik Spoelstra and LeBron himself will tell you that Chris Bosh is the Heat's Most Valuable Player. See, it's all based on how you think the word "value" translates to basketball.

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He makes good points, however, when melo can play and guard every position 1-5, and do it well enough that it impacts the game, along with his scoring title, then he can have my MVP vote. Until then Melo will always be second rate to lebron.. Melo is a volume shooter, much like kobe, except ill be shocked if I ever see melo having a double digit asst. night, and thats what separates great players, from MVP type players! When you can make your team mates better! we know melo can score in bunches, but,what else can he do?? Thats what it breaks down too to me..

Bosh?

The Washburn guy is a dumb-ass !

If the Coach, the leagues 2nd or 3rd best player (Wade) & the Leagues MVP (James) is stating that Bosh is the teams MVP why would anyone doubt that.
There is obvouisly a chemistry in which Bosh is intergral to the Heats' success.
A good anology: Try building an expensive model airplane with inferior glue..It will eventually break-apart. use strong epoxy glue and it lasts for a long time...Bosh is that Epoxy

So Gary Washbum is just another typical queer sports "writer" without a clue as to what is really happening.
Oh Hum....

Boston hater!!!

What a fu**ing joke out there tonight!!!! I'm embarrassed. Spo! Can u at least give Lebron a 2 minute rest in the 4th! He was exhausted out there!!! And Wade's hero 3 point heave down 2 with 1:10 left was a joke!!! WTF I'm pissed right now!!!

go Bulls: must win next game cHeat

Well, after 1 game in the second round, we see where we can improve... This series will come down to who wants it more... They played there style of game again and won... We must find a way to play our style of game...tbc...

And it's OK to be pissed. The Heat have set such a high standard of basketball that even ONE defeat can be heart-wrenching. Had the lead with a few minutes to go and get outscored 10-0 down the stretch is NOT Miami basketball (unless we are the one scoring).

My thoughts are:

1 - Please, PLEASE dont' let Steve Kerr do anymore Bulls v Heat games. If he must, let's let Steve Smith or Alonzo be the other commentator. SO many instances of Bull-loving/Heat hating by him last night.

2 - Didn't like the lineup at the end of the game. Even though Batt wasn't hitting his shot, I wanted to see him in the game for Ray. Ditto Birdman for Bosh, and maybe even Cole for Chalmers. We needed a better defensive unit in the game, and if we sacrifice 'some' offense, it wouldn't have mattered - LBJ was going to dominate the ball anyhow. Wade's 3 at the end......didn't like it (because he missed it). If it had gone in, he was being a veteran leader by stepping up to shoot the ball. (I know, that's BS logic, but that's what we would have heard)

We missed a ton of open shots to start the game, and I doubt that we will shoot that poorly with that many open looks again this year.

Bosh, STOP shooting the 3! We've got much better options than you on the arc.

That was a re-focus game. We'll be alright.

Maybe time for Nate to see a little MVP on defense??

Joe, who's got the better hair, Birdman or Noah??

Quick notes: their roster is depleted, their bigman has foot problems, they have problems scoring the ball, the guy who guarded Bron played 48 minutes, they shot well from the line, they sit in the lane on defense...

we didn't shoot well, we didn't get some calls,we didn't attack them, we didn't set up in the post yet, we didn't play 48 minutes...

Black, what about ^^^ changes in Game 2?

eyeball2,

I think we have to get aggressive earlier...

We should be able to defend them....

We really haven't brought our offense to the table yet...

We can win on the road, so losing game 1 doesn't mean the ens of the world...

We have a series...

On to game 2...

They came in here and stole one on our home court.... Ok... Now we have to get back on track.....

I wish I could sit down with Y'all???

Game 2, set the tone, do what you want to do...

Love to watch a game with you Black.

When you travel north do you roll on I95 or I81?

That's cool eyeball2

I was talking about the team. ?.

Well, Black, if you can arrange the team thing, I'm all in, save me a seat.

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