NBA: A chance to join the legends

by Michael Baldwin Published: February 15, 2009
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When discussing the best basketball player of all time, All-Star Game MVP awards aren’t criteria in the debate.

And they shouldn’t be.


But it’s no surprise players who have accumulated the most All-Star Game MVP awards are among the greatest players of all time.

An interesting subplot to tonight’s 58th annual All-Star Game in Phoenix is four players have a chance to join an exclusive club.

A dozen NBA players twice have been named MVP of the All-Star Game. Only three have earned the honor three times.

Four players have an opportunity to join that exclusive list tonight.

The two players that will receive the most hype are Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

James still hasn’t won a regular-season MVP award, although many claim he’s the front-runner this season. James, though, has been named All-Star Game MVP two of the past three years.

Bryant finally earned his first regular-season MVP award last season and is considered the No. 1 contender behind James for this year’s award. Bryant was the All-Star Game MVP in 2002 and 2007.

Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson also have been named All-Star Game MVP twice, but it would be shocking to see either land their third tonight.


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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