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NBA Needs to Give Out MVP Award Before Playoffs Start

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Dan Patrick: "If Joel Embiid and the 76ers beat the Heat, then you're going to hear 'the NBA made the wrong choice with Jokic.' I get the stats, he's a wonderful player. You want to give it to Jokic, fine, but give it to him before the playoff start, because you're not being fair to him. Whatever happens in the playoffs - I know people are going to say 'you see what Embiid had to deal with?' I understand all those things. But the West was tougher than the East was this year, and the Joker was a great, consistent player."

Dan Patrick reacts to reports that Nuggets C Nikola Jokic has won his second-straight NBA MVP award. Dan explains why the league needs to change their protocol and announce award winners prior to the start of the postseason, as postseason performance can often too heavily shape public perception of the winners, regardless of how much their regular season numbers may prove that they are deserving of the awards.