By Peter Gleason
The NBA MVP debate became contentious about a month ago after Kendrick Perkins accused voters of holding a racial bias against the league’s Black players.
At the time, Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokić, who is white, appeared destined to win his third-straight MVP award. But in the weeks since, Sixers center Joel Embiid has emerged as the betting favorite.
On the latest episode of The Right Time, Bomani Jones discussed the MVP shift and credited Perkins:
“I want to send a brief shout out to my man Perk, to quote a formerly great, now disgraced philosopher, ‘No one man should have all that power,’” Jones said, quoting Kanye West. “You say whatever you want, Perk completely shifted a national discussion.
“Now, I’d also like to say thank you to Joel Embiid because you played in such a way that made this not awkward. Because at that point, I didn’t think there was anything that anybody could do this season that would involve Jokic not winning the MVP and Embiid was like, ‘Watch this.’ And he decided to go be the MVP.”