SI- In a phone interview Saturday, Rockets GM Daryl Morey raised questions about the MVP voting process, which involves a panel of 100 media members casting their votes at the end of the regular season.
“I don’t know if this is a good process,” Morey told The Crossover. “The ones that are decided by players or executives or media, they all have their strengths and weaknesses. I honestly don’t think there’s a good process. You could argue for eliminating the awards altogether. I don’t really see a good way to do it that doesn’t have major issues. I like clean answers. If there’s not going to be a set criteria and there’s going to be issues with how it’s structured, for me it might be better to not have it.”
“We thought James was the MVP but there were a bunch of very good, deserving candidates,” Morey continued, before making an apparent reference to Westbrook’s triple-double achievement. “I didn’t like how a different MVP criteria was used this year, compared to the last 55 years, to fit more of a marketing slogan. People thought a different criteria for selecting the MVP this year was the way to go.”
Let's get one thing straight here. Daryl Morey is being a whiney little baby who is comically overreacting. The NBA's system for deciding the winners of individual awards is far from perfect, but the Rockets owner's suggestion to scrap individual awards simply because he didn't get his way after one year is the product of nothing other than hurt feelings that somehow haven't healed yet. Obviously everyone wants a boss that is going to fight to the brink of logic in hopes of getting them some well deserved recognition, but even James Harden has to be well past saying "enough already" at this point.
That being said, I think we can all put ourselves in Daryl Morey's shoes here...
Who hasn't gone through a brutal breakup and immediately questioned the plausibility of monogamy?
Who hasn't has one awful dining experience and completely written off a restaurant that was otherwise fairly consistent?
Who didn't drink a certain type of alcohol all throughout their college years only to swear off of it the one time it had them up all night violently vomiting away their stomach lining?
Are you taking your trusty shortcut again if the last time you did you ended up in standstill traffic for 2 hours?
If you've successfully traveled with United Airlines for years, and then one day they beat you bloody and drag your unconscious ass off the plane would you not look into other means of transportation moving forward?
Just because Daryl Morey and his superstar shooting guard weren't wronged by a process he once had faith in doesn't mean he can't feel as though they were. I would think that supporting the runner-up to someone that gave us a statistically historical season wouldn't be enough to have you hypothetically tearing down the entire framework that gave your player a theoretical silver medal. However, I also didn't think that one misplaced shirt - out of hundreds - would make me up and switch dry cleaners. The truth is that we let our shortsighted biases affect our opinions damn near daily.
Now, I wouldn't put those shortsighted biases out into the world by way of an interview with a widely disseminated news outlet that was sure to make me sound like an overly sensitive ninny that can't let go of the past. I probably would have went with a more rational approach to fixing the voting for the MVP award than by voting against the existence of the MVP award. But while Daryl Morey's self-serving bitching is worthy of all the eye rolls, it just makes him a more radical version of the intolerant asshole in all of us.
P.S. What's that Blake?
Okay, point taken.