Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn is going to be busy today trying to defend his reasoning on why he was the only person to note vote for Lebron James as NBA MVP, robbing James the chance to become the first unanimous winner of the award.
120 for Lebron James.
1 for Carmelo Anthony.
Washburn explained his reasoning in today’s edition of the Globe:
this isn’t the Best Player in the Game award, it’s the Most Valuable Player award, and I think what Anthony accomplished this season was worthy of my vote. He led the Knicks to their first division title in 19 years.
That’s a long time ago.
Anthony led the league in scoring average and basically carried an old Knicks team to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Amar’e Stoudemire missed most of the season with knee issues, Raymond Felton missed six weeks, and Tyson Chandler dealt with nagging injuries, leaving Anthony, J.R. Smith, and a bunch of lottery picks from the mid-1990s to win 54 games and beat the Miami Heat three times.
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.
Washburn was the top story on the 9am SportsCenter and was questioned on his decision. Fellow writer Stephen A. Smith said that Washburn was the least attention-seeking sportswriter out there so he defended the challenge that Washburn did this for publicity.