Wizards’ John Wall: Players voting on MVP award a bad idea

Written By kom nampuldu on Sabtu, 11 April 2015 | 18.18

A representative for the National Basketball Players Association was on hand Friday morning at Barclays Center to collect the first annual Players Choice award ballots from the Wizards, who held a shootaround at the arena ahead of their 117-80 loss to the Nets.

But while many players around the league have said they should get a say in MVP voting recently — including Kevin Durant, last year's winner, and Stephen Curry, one of the favorites to win the award this season — one prominent member of the union isn't exactly enthusiastic about the idea.

"No," John Wall said when asked if he had voted yet, "and I probably won't."

Wall's argument against players voting for awards was fairly straightforward: he thinks the media does a decent job of handling the awards, and that players wouldn't be able to shake their personal biases against opponents when it came to voting for their peers.

"It doesn't matter to me," said Wall, who sat out to rest some nagging aches and pains before the playoffs start. "The media and the fans, those people have their own opinion. That's the key part. They're watching from the inside out.

"As basketball players, we know who the players are, but sometimes your pride and ego come in and you don't want to see that person get an award, so it don't really bother me.

"[With] us making votes, you're going to have people saying they are MVP and the best player in the league, and so it's never going to be a fair race, in my opinion."
That doesn't exactly fall in line with what Michele Roberts, the recently appointed executive director of the NBPA, reportedly said in a memo to the players announcing the implementation of the award:

"This program was created at your request to recognize outstanding performance of your peers, on and off the court," Roberts wrote, according to USA Today. "No one knows better than you what it takes to shine."


Alan Anderson (sprained left ankle) missed his fourth straight game Friday, and coach Lionel Hollins said before the game he isn't sure when Anderson will return to the court.

The 32-year-old swingman injured the ankle in the fourth quarter of last Friday's victory here over the Raptors, when he stepped on Brook Lopez's foot.

With Anderson out of the lineup, both Bojan Bogdanovic and Markel Brown have been given more minutes, and Hollins even went with Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack playing together in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Hawks.

When asked if the two point guard lineup was back, however, Hollins paused for a moment before saying, "That was a one-time thing."


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