Found May 06, 2013 on Awful Announcing:
Nuggets_anthony_sits_799e
This weekend word got out that LeBron James received 119 of a possible 120 MVP votes, falling just short of becomign the first unanimous MVP in league history.  Immediately, the conversation turned to who the joker was that "robbed" James of the honor and possibly could have watched this season thinking LeBron was not the best and most valuable player in the league. Enter noted Miami Heat homer and ESPN personality Dan Le Batard. Le Batard's Sunday column in the Miami Herald began with this sentence: "This is as redundant as it is obvious: LeBron James is the most valuable basketball player running and jumping and dribbling atop this globe." And yet, in spite of those words and Le Batard's history of appreciation for James and the Heat, one joking reply from Le Batard to a Twitter follower saying he was the Carmelo Anthony voter spawned an angry mob full of virtual pitchforks aimed squarely at Le Batard.  Instead of saying it was a joke, Le Batard gleefully incited the mob even further, spamming his own timeline with 104 retweets which were all some iteration of this... @lebatardshow you're as stupid as you are fat — VivaLaBianca Ⓜ (@BiancaHEAT) May 5, 2013 Columns began appearing around the internet calling out Le Batard for being that guy.  He even tweeted screengrabs of texts from Colin Cowherd and Dan Patrick's radio shows hoping to talk to him about it.  There was only one slight issue with all of this of course... Dan Le Batard does not have an MVP vote. The lone MVP vote for Carmelo Anthony actually came from Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, who in spite of the hysteria over the identity of the voter, outed himself in a Monday morning column.  Washburn's reasoning isn't all that offensive to logic and reason and is a reminder that sometimes people can have different opinions.  He just thinks Anthony means more to the Knicks:   "When I placed my NBA MVP vote a few weeks ago, I knew I would be in the minority. I knew LeBron James was the prohibitive favorite to win his fourth award because he unquestionably is the best player in the game. I voted for Carmelo Anthony based on his importance to the New York Knicks, who, if you haven’t been paying attention the past decade, have failed to be relevant. When the voting was announced Sunday afternoon, I was flabbergasted to learn I was the lone voter among 121 to not give LeBron a first-place vote, truly believing Anthony, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, and perhaps even Kobe Bryant would snag a first-place vote or two. Firstly, when I submitted my vote in mid-April, I had no idea I would be the only voter to leave LeBron out of first. This isn’t Mrs. Wilson’s class, I don’t walk around asking fellow sportswriters their answers to the US History quiz. I had no idea whom the writers were voting for, so this was no LeBron conspiracy. Secondly, 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." So what did we learn in all of this?  Normally, a media personality making themselves the story as Le Batard did is frowned upon.  In this case though, it was such a humorous reverse troll on the extreme two percenters of sports fandom that its supreme annoyance is strangely admirable.  Anyone who's willing to retweet over 100 messages calling them fat, ugly, and stupid deserves some kind of credit.  We learned that Twitter is very much a crazy place and stories can definitely be ran with before any facts emerge whatsoever.  We learned that the semantical arguments over the word "valuable" may be one of the most pointless debates in all of sports and 119 out of 120 MVP votes is still pretty good. We also learned that we take MVP votes way too seriously.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Bernard King Criticizes Carmelo Anthony On Twitter, Deletes Account

New York Knicks legend and MSG broadcaster, Bernard King, who also happens to be one of Carmelo Anthony’s favorite Knicks, took to Twitter following New York’s Game 1 loss against the Pacers Sunday to criticize Anthony and encourage him to move the ball and get his teammates involved more “The Knicks MUST move the ball more and take the open shots – must stop heaving up...

Writer Gary Washburn Defends his MVP Vote for Carmelo Anthony

It was widely expected that LeBron James would become the first unanimous NBA MVP this season. However, much like when the same was thought about Shaquille O'Neal back in 2000, he came up one vote short. That one vote went to Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (who came in third behind Kevin Durant and of course LeBron). Being the curious bunch that we are, the world...

New York Post mocks Carmelo Anthony with hilarious headline

One thing that I do know about the New York Post is the fact that they will provide a hilarious headline if the New York Knicks lose a playoff game. Here is their take on Carmelo Anthony’s poor performance in headline form with a play on words with Cinco De Mayo: *** MVP Vote: Post’s headline writer drops hilarious Carmelo line [Bob's Blitz]  

MVP voter explains why he didn't choose LeBron

The writer who did not choose LeBron James of the Miami Heat as the NBA's Most Valuable Player believes Carmelo Anthony ''meant more to his team'' this season. Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe says Anthony made the New York Knicks relevant again by leading them to their first division title in nearly two decades. Washburn's explanation was published Monday...

Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn is the man who didn’t vote for LeBron James

LeBron James was awarded his fourth NBA MVP on Sunday, but there was one vote separating him from a unanimous selection. We have found out who that man was.

Anthony, Knicks bust loose in Game 2

Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points, 16 during a 30-2 New York onslaught in the second half, the Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 105-79 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game.

LeBron James Accepts 2012-13 MVP Award

LeBron James accepted the 2012-13 NBA MVP award Sunday afternoon at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.  LeBron who got 120 of 121 1st-place votes (the 1 other vote went to Carmelo Anthony),  averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.7 steals in 37.9 minutes per game this season. The Heat star joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6), Michael Jordan (5), Bill Russell...

Carmelo Anthony throws down monster dunk on Jeff Pendergraph

There are few things that I enjoy more than poster dunks and during tonight’s Pacers/Knicks game two, Carmelo Anthony threw down a rather nasty dunk. It happened in the third quarter of play as Anthony got past David West and put down a nasty two-handed stuff in the face of Pacers forward Jeff Pendergraph:

LeBron James Fails to Win MVP Award Unanimously, Resurrects Debate Over ‘Most Valuable’ Player

LeBron James was the best player in the NBA this season. Nobody in their right mind really disputes this. Even the lone person to cast a first-place MVP vote for someone other than James admits this in his defense of Carmelo Anthony as his vote recipient. James was the best. Anthony, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and the scores of other All-NBA-caliber players on the ballot were a step...

Carmelo Anthony vs. James Harden

credit: 4umf.com Over the past few years, both the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets believe that they got their franchise players in Carmelo Anthony and James Harden. Both played a hefty price tag for the player that they hope will take them to a championship level, and both players have put some pretty big scoring numbers as of late. If you had your choice at building around...

Pacers-Knicks Preview

Carmelo Anthony likes Eastern Conference playoff basketball, even the pounding and pain that goes with it. The wide-open West was fun, with more scoring and less defense, and it certainly didn't hurt as much. But coming off his first series victory since leaving Denver - and his team's first in 13 years - he has adapted to the way it is on the other side. And here comes...

LeBron James on 4th MVP: I Don’t Know how Good I can Be

Miami Heat forward LeBron James will soon be presented with his fourth MVP award. Joining Bill Russell as the only players in NBA history to win the award 4 times in 5 seasons. So when asked about his legacy and what the fourth MVP will mean to him, LeBron was open and honest about the [...]

Video: Carmelo Anthony posterizes Jeff Pendergraph, Patrick Ewing approves

The New York Knicks blew out the Indiana Pacers 105-79 on Tuesday night, evening their second round NBA playoff series at 1-1. Both teams looked wildly different than they did in Game 1, and no one played better than Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. The 28-year-old Anthony scored 32 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out three assists and snagged two steals while adding one sick dunk...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.