After beating the Milwaukee Bucks and LA Clippers over the weekend, hot take shows on ESPN have decided to debate whether LeBron James was worthy of MVP consideration over Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 29.6 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists in 30 minutes.
During Monday’s edition of ESPN’s “The Jump”, NBA reporter Dave McMenamin says he believes LeBron has the edge in the MVP race because of the way he’s handled stuff outside of the court like the China controversy and Kobe Bryant’s death this season.
This isn’t the first time an ESPN reporter has used Kobe’s death as a narrative to give LeBron the MVP award. Here is Rachel Nichols about a month ago during an NBA primetime pregame show.
NBA fans found it to be distasteful of ESPN to use Kobe’s death and not stats as a metric for LeBron to win the MVP.