It is widely believed that the League has delayed the trophy presentation to put some distance between the award and the shocking way in which the Dallas Mavericks (winners of 67 regular season games) were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the Playoffs.
"I'm sure 20 years from now or whatever, to see that in the [record] books, it's an amazing achievement. But right now, it's hard. Obviously, you can't feel good about the way our season ended." Nowitzki said.Dirk will be the first European-born player to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player award. He averaged 24.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, and shot over 50% from the field during the regular season. Of course there was that whole choking-in-the-Playoffs thing, but we'll ignore that for now. Congratulations on the award, Dirk.
"I thought this was such an incredible year. We won 67 games and then to lose in the first round, it just feels so empty right now."