It's a strange NBA world right now. Thirty-five is the new 25, and rivalries among players and teams seem to be as shallow as a Kim Kardashian marriage.
Can Lakers forward Pau Gasol win the NBA MVP award? He should be in the early conversation despite Kobe Bryant's shadow and past prejudices about his game.
LeBron and D-Wade in the same uniform on the same team? Sure, it works in the Olympics and it'll work at the All-Star Game in Dallas. But in the NBA? A surefire nightmare.
Kobe has three rings. The Celtics' stars have none. But it's Kobe who's facing the most pressure now. Why? Because his legacy is on the line.
The NBA MVP award has become as warped as the Academy Awards -- which is why Kobe Bryant will win this year over Chris Paul.