I’m a voter for the NBA’s various post-season awards. Here’s how my ballot looks as the season winds down:
Most valuable player (vote for five in order of preference):
1. LeBron James. 2. Kobe Bryant. 3. Kevin Durant. 4. Carmelo Anthony. 5. Tony Parker.
Coach of the year:
1. Gregg Popovich. 2. George Karl. 3. Frank Vogel.
Defensive player of the year:
1. Serge Ibaka. 2 Joakim Noah. 3. Tony Allen.
Most Improved Player:
1. Larry Sanders. 2. Kemba Walker. 3. Nik Vucevic.
Rookie of the year:
1. Damian Lillard. 2. Anthony Davis. 3. Dion Waiters.
Sixth man award:
1. Jamal Crawford. 2. J.R. Smith. 3. Ramon Sessions.
Five passing thoughts on the NBA and the Charlotte Bobcats
• I appreciate Charlotte fans’ frustration that they paid big money Friday, yet didn’t get to see the real Miami Heat, with James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen not playing. Frankly, that’s the risk you take when you buy tickets to see a great team this close to the start of the playoffs.
• I’ve questioned whether the Lakers would get their act together this season, but their performance in blowing out the Dallas Mavericks in a must-win kind of game last week was impressive.
• Maybe I’m not close enough to the situation to understand the nuances, but I really don’t know why Byron Scott’s job would be in jeopardy in Cleveland. I see a young team learning how to win, and I think those players respond well to Scott’s approach.
I can’t see any good reason for Sessions to play again this season with the Bobcats. Why risk re-injuring that sprained knee in games with no tangible stakes?
• It’s beyond me why ESPN chose to show Friday’s Bobcats-Heat game, rather than the Oklahoma City Thunder versus the Indiana Pacers.