Essentially the entire Regular Season in the NBA is an exhibition as every team over .500 usually makes the Playoffs.
Hence Reg Season MVPs being meaningless.
Regular season MVPs are NOT meaningless simply because Kobe Bryant was only good enough to win 1 in his career. And he barely got that 1, had to fall back on a "lifetime achievement" campaign to swing voters his way over cp3. Look at all the all time greats, they have MULTIPLE MVP awards on their resume. Moses Malone has 3, he is also a champion. Magic Johnson has 3, he is also a champion. Larry Bird has 3 he is also a champion. Russell has 5 he is also a champion. Wilt has 4 he is also a champion. Jordan has 5, he is also a champion. Kareem has 6 he is also a champion. Kobe Bryant was only considered the best player in the league 1 year out of his 17 years
. If he took the regular season SERIOUSLY instead of half assing it and playing lazy most years, he might've had more. Fortunately, he played for a franchise that keeps stacked teams HIS ENTIRE CAREER. So he could afford rape trials, media controversies, subpar performances during regular seasons in ways others could not. The fact the guy never was able to win MVP and a Finals MVP in the same season (like a MJ, or a Duncan, or LeBron) shows you never dominated a season from November to June. Some guys go hard EVERY GAME, some guys wait and only do it in the playoffs.
I'm not blind to the fact Lebron has one Championship in now his 10th year.
Me, the top 2 starts with winners.
By June LeBron could potentially have his 2nd championship and 2nd Finals MVP. Kobe has 2 Finals MVPs in 17 years of basketball, LeBron would have 2 in 10. Kobe was the 2nd best player on most of his championship teams. Anybody can play second fiddle to one of the greatest centers of all time (Shaq averaged 30 & 15 those first 3 NBA Finals Kobe appeared in). History will not remember Bryant being on LeBron's level. Throw in his sub .500 record head to head vs. LeBron (6-13) and it wont be pretty. Most times, the OLDER player has a winning record head to head vs. the younger player (think Russ vs. Wilt, Wilt vs. Kareem) but not in this case.