If 121 people vote on something, and 120 vote the same way, what can we say about that one dissenter? Maybe he’s crazy; maybe he has an ax to grind; maybe he just felt like being difficult. But according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, he really, truly felt that Carmelo Anthony was a more valuable player this year than LeBron “Four MVPs” James. He even wrote an article defending himself.
When news first broke that LeBron had missed becoming the league’s first unanimous MVP by one vote, the King was quoted as saying: “It’s probably a writer out of New York that didn’t give me the vote… I know the history between the Heat and the Knicks. So I get it.” Turns out, it’s actually a Boston guy. But this Boston guy didn’t vote for Kevin Durant, or even Kevin Garnett — he chose the NBA’s leading scorer because without him, the Knicks would be garbage.
From his article in today’s paper:
So my vote had more to do with Anthony and less to do with the dominance of LeBron. If you were to take Anthony off the Knicks, they are a lottery team. James plays with two other All-Stars, the league’s all-time 3-point leader, a defensive stalwart, and a fearless point guard. The Heat are loaded.
If LeBron was taken away from the Heat, they still would be a fifth or sixth seed. He is the best player of this generation, a multifaceted superstar with the physical prowess of Adonis, but I chose to reward a player who has lifted his team to new heights.
It’s an interesting take, if flawed. As the BI Sports Page points out, by using this logic, LeBron is still worth more to his team in terms of wins than Carmelo. No matter which way you slice it (except for average points per game), LeBron seems to have bested his New York counterpart in every way.
But in the end, it was Washburn’s vote, and he is allowed to use whichever form of logic he chooses to make a decision. And years from now, it’s unlikely that LeBron will be sitting on his porch, drinking iced tea, and wondering how his life might have turned out if only he had convinced one dude from Boston to like him a little bit more. Because 120/121 still makes you the MVP, and that’s a pretty good ratio besides.
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