Originally written on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Boston Globe national basketball and Boston Celtics reporter Gary Washburn published a defense of his decision to cast his NBA MVP vote for Carmelo Anthony. Washburn’s vote prevented Lebron James from becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history. James received 120 out of 121 first place votes to win the award for the fourth consecutive season. Washburn’s decision has generated quite a buzz on Twitter with many questioning his decision (and whether he deserves a ballot) and others defending him for having the ‘courage to think outside the box’. In the article, Washburn cites the impact that Anthony had on the Knicks return to relevance and a perceived relative lack of talent surrounding him, especially when compared with the James’ Miami Heat. Washburn asserts that without Anthony, the Knicks “are a lottery team”. The argument that Washburn uses isn’t a new one. The question of how to interpret the intent behind “most valuable” when assessing candidates for the award has a long h...
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