Snubbed a priori by the MVP voters, Joel Embiid is not the only one disappointed with the final result. In fact, other observers have campaigned for him and are now absolutely furious. A former champion notably spat out all the anger at him recently.
If the official results have not yet been communicated by the league, we know a priori the big winner of the MVP race. Adrian Wojnarowski He recently revealed it, it is the Nugget Nikola Jokic who will be awarded by the NBA after a beautiful 2021-22 campaign. He thus retains the title he obtained last year, having averaged more than 27 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists in 74 games played. A nice consolation prize after being eliminated from the playoffs in the first round.
Of course this does Giannis Antetokounmpo Y Joel Embid the big losers, those who completed the trio of finalists for the distinction. It is above all a great disappointment for the Cameroonian center, who has been exceptional throughout the exercise with the Sixers and who has regularly stated that he must be the lucky one. If he responded with a single bitter tweet to the first announcements, others have literally shed their defense. Champion in 2003 with the Spurs, Stephen Jackson went crazy with rage:
Stephen Jackson angry at unofficial MVP results
Stephen Jackson Says Joel Embiid Was Stolen NBA MVP Award pic.twitter.com/uWFXGM0WfV
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We gotta find a way to get our hands on this voting shit, man. Jokic is great, better than ever. I won’t take anything away from him, but he’s not MVP twice in a row, any more than Steve Nash was MVP twice in a row. These are just facts. If you know the sport, you know that Denver had no chance of winning the title. Seriously, this shit is crazy. Joel Embiid, you got screwed, it’s outrageous.
The former shooter makes no secret of it, it was The Process who were his clear favorite for the Maurice Podoloff trophy and the fact that he missed out is a huge disappointment to Captain Jack. He especially regrets the voting system for this award, which is usually the most disputed of all. To change that, the great enemy of Tony Parker proposed to change the voting panel, giving voice only to the gratin of the orange ball:
The players who are in the Top 75 of all time in the league, why not let them vote instead of the others? The 75 best players of all time, who vote for the MVP every year. It’s that easy. Please stop voting for these people who are living their dreams through a keyboard and never had a chance to make a shot, rebound or force a pass.
Nikola Jokic’s back-to-back matches are likely to be discussed for a while, even though the Serb didn’t steal it from him. As for Joel Embiid, he might as well ruminate on this missed opportunity for a while, he’s been phenomenal this year.