Debating which NBA player deserves the MVP award is nothing new, but this season it feels different. Instead of discussing which particular player among a group of worthy candidates is most deserving, the argument has intensified around whether or not Derrick Rose should win the award. Mainstream media (the voters) seem mostly sold on Rose. Greasy blogger types think this is ridiculous. Watching the camps go back and forth over who is right and who is wrong has established only that everyone is missing something.
The MVP is an opinion award, remember? There is no clear definition. If there was there would be no debate, which would end all of the fun, all of the frustration, and most of the interest. There are qualities that many previous winners share, but the exceptions are evidence that these are not hard and fast rules. There is no single correct answer. Nobody can be right and nobody can be wrong.
Rose is the top scorer on a team that has won a lot of games. He is hardly a radical candidate. Perhaps you think an MVP should have a higher PER, more Win Shares, play better defense, or do something else. All of that is only as right and as wrong as any reason used to vote for Rose.
All of this is simple and obvious yet seems to be getting lost. At this point if someone wrote an article that named their choice for MVP while acknowledging their own biases and the limitations of their opinion I would print it out and frame it. I might even start stalking the author. In the mean time the least we can do is stand down a bit from so loudly mistaking our opinions for facts and the MVP award for something that it is not.