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LeBron Deserves His 3rd MVP Award

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The lockout claims more victims this week, as media members submit their ballots for the NBA award winners. There is peril in picking this season.

The shortened season has made injuries even more outsized. Players have missed more games, and the concern about being as healthy as possible going into the playoffs has made coaches even more conservative about resting star players down the stretch, meaning they miss even more games.

This, obviously, creates a problem.

As a coach asked me this week, if you don't vote, say, Derrick Rose first-team all-NBA because he missed half of the season with his various back and groin injuries, how can you vote him second team? Or third team, for that matter? How is that any fairer to guys who've played most of the games...

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