Kobe insists that winning an MVP award isn't high on his list of priorities.
When I told him I think it's a shame that the guy considered to be the league's best player for the past few years could retire without an MVP, he still didn't bite.
"What's going to define me is championships,'' Kobe told me last week. "Bill Russell, I don't know how many MVPs he had, but he has a lot of rings.''
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Chris Broussard grew up in the Midwest (Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Syracuse, Des Moines and Cleveland) dreaming of being the next great tailback at USC. Instead, he became the next underachieving point guard ("I should have averaged 20'') at Oberlin College. In 1990, he launched his sportswriting career at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Four years later, he started covering the NBA for the Akron Beacon Journal. He spent 2½ seasons as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer before going to the New York Times to cover the Nets (two years), the Knicks (three) and then the NBA (one). He joined ESPN The Magazine in September 2004.
When he wasn't running the point at Oberlin and of course, hitting the books Broussard spent time working at the school radio station. Broussard has written one book, "Not Without Scars: The Inspiring Life Journey of Mark C. Olds." Broussard lives in South Orange, N.J., with his wife, Crystal, and their twin daughters, Alexis and Noelle.