by Marcel Mutoni

If you’ve been paying attention to the NBA and its opinion-makers this season, and I know you have, then you’re probably aware of the fact that LeBron James is the leading candidate to win the MVP award. Just about everyone has come to grips with this. Including, perhaps, his opponent tonight.

If the award was handed out at the All-Star break, Kobe Bryant knows who should get it. From the LA Times:

Bryant seemed mildly uncomfortable when asked for his MVP choice near the season’s halfway point.

“LeBron,” he said. “Leave me alone about that stuff.

Tonight, of course, the Cavs visit the Lakers, in one of the most highly-anticipated matchups of the year. It’s the battle of the League’s two best teams, but even more importantly, its two biggest stars. In other words, David Stern can’t stop smiling.

And you should be smiling, too. This is the kind of game that makes the NBA the world’s greatest League. Enjoy the show.