By LAMONT MANN
Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is part of the weekly update team (Fridays) and also weighs in on a variety of subjects during the week. He is former military and a UH grad. Follow him on Twitter @sportsmedialm
There is no getting away from the NBA’s MVP discussion. There is only one other time in recent years I can remember the public changing their minds every game. The last time it got this crazy was James Harden vs. Steph Curry.
I hate the MVP discussion but I have noticed a lot of people flipping their MVP standards.
Three years ago, when the Houston Texans J.J. Watt had a historical season by defensive player, everyone said “Aaron Rodgers should win because his team was better and the Texans didn’t make the playoffs.” I thought it was a dumb argument but OK. Aaron didn’t do anything I’ve never seen before; he had good numbers for a QB.
Fast forward three years, I am being told Russell Westbrook is the MVP because he is doing something no one has ever done and he got his team to the playoffs. He’s averaging a Triple Double.
Not only is it a contradiction but to include the NBA’s playoffs as a key point is crazy. Over half of the NBA makes the playoffs versus a fraction in the NFL.
If I am applying the “old” frame of thought, James Harden should win the MVP hands down. However, in today’s sports climate, the goalpost is always moving
James Harden has taken a team many had losing at least 40 games to the No. 3 seed. If I wasn’t lazy and researched, I am sure everyone had the Thunder better than the Rockets before the season.
In the end, it really doesn’t matter because neither team will win the ultimate award.