Kobe’s MVP reign ends today

Numerous reports from Cleveland indicate the Cavaliers’ LeBron James will be named the league’s MVP later today. James and his teammates will appear in a press conference at his old high school in Akron, Ohio, at about 1 p.m. our time. James has ended Kobe Bryant’s reign as MVP, edging out the Lakers’ superstar and the third man in the running, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, in voting by reporters. Winning the MVP award has been the kiss of death when it comes to leading a team to the NBA title, however. No league MVP has carried his team to the championship since Tim Duncan helped San Antonio win in 2003.