The NBA’s MVP Award is believed by many to be a two-man race this season between LeBron James and Kevin Durant, but Lakers’ head coach Mike Brown is already on the campaign trail for his own superstar. From the Daily News: “Yes, he definitely should be involved in the MVP talks,’ Brown said. ‘I think it’s hilarious that he’s not. … Everybody is talking about how he’s 85 years old or whatever they’re saying, and he’s leading the league in scoring. He’s efficient. He’s got his team in a good position. I truly believe this team, especially with a guy like that, can be dangerous come playoff time. There’s no doubt in my mind that Kobe Bryant should be mentioned in the MVP talk. I’m baffled.’ [...] ‘My TV was on ESPN when I was heading out (to go to the game) and I heard somebody say Kevin Love because he has his team at .500,’ Brown said. ‘Now Kevin Love is a very good basketball player and he’s putting up extraordinary numbers. But if you’re going to say Kevin Love is in the top five (MVP candidates), then Kobe Bryant needs to be in the top two.’ [...] Why vote for Bryant in 2012? ‘Who plays with the injuries he’s played with?’ Brown said. ‘Who puts up the numbers he puts up? Who goes through all the stuff with the amount of changes that have happened to his team in this shortened season? Nobody.’”