I was browsing through the Sunday sports section of the L.A. Times this morning when I came upon the following quote from Kobe Bryant. Informed that New Yorkers have been chanting "MVP" for Knicks player Amare Stoudemire, Kobe said, "The home crowds chant MVP for anybody. They chant MVP for Earl Boykins in Milwaukee".
Earl Boykins is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He is 5'5" tall. That is one inch taller than I am. I can't get items off of the top shelf in the supermarket. Earl Boykins can get a ball into a basket ten feet off the floor. I move, with minor inconvenience, in a world of people several inches taller than I. Earl Boykins makes his living playing hoops with men who are more than a foot taller than he is. He played college ball for Eastern Michigan State, from which he graduated. Kobe never spent a day in college.
Finally, on December 21st, in front of a Lakers home crowd, Milwaukee beat the pants off the Lakers, 98-79. Earl Boykins scored a game-high 22 points. Kobe was ejected from the game after a temper tantrum cost him two technical fouls.
So, they chant MVP for Earl Boykins in Milwaukee? Maybe they should. Good idea, Kobe.