The main problem I had with the selection of Dirk as MVP was the fact that outside of scoring, he did not help his team win. Watching this Dallas-Golden State game tonight, this deficiency is made more conspicuous. Among the cornucopia of flaws in Dirk's game, his defense and rebounding are the aspects that brings down the Mavericks more than anything.
Quick, name another past MVP who only lifted his team in only one aspect of the game?
Just what I thought...
Case in point tonight:
He is again rendered ineffective by this Golden State defense, sitting at 3-10 from the field with 10 points. But more infuriating for a basketball purist such as myself is the lack of interior presence against the Warriors, and his lack of presence on the boards. He is seven feet tall, there is no reason that a big man as skilled as him shouldn't be eating right now. Compound the fact that he can't get any reprisal against a Warriors team that punched, slapped, drop-kicked, and trash-talked him out of the playoffs last season. I expected to see more than this.
The 2006-2007 NBA MVP will forever be marred. The man who received it wasn't/isn't worthy. Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan...Dirk Nowitzki.
Give me a break.