So many things in the sports world and beyond have been lost and obscured by this global coronavirus pandemic.
For the NBA, add potentially this one: The diminishment and overshadowing of what it means when Giannis Antetokounmpo soon wins his second consecutive Most Valuable Player Award.
On Tuesday, CBS Sports announced its own NBA award winners. And as you'd guess — as will be inevitable, whenever the official balloting takes place — the Greek Freak edged LeBron James as our MVP, nabbing nearly all of our first-place votes.
Much will be lost to this NBA season, and beyond, because of the unprecedented health crisis gripping the world. In sports, and the NBA in particular, we still have so many more questions than answers. Will there be more regular-season games in the 2019-20 campaign? A shortened postseason? Any playoffs? A champion, or no?
But we know this: Come what may, whenever that is, Giannis will surely win his second MVP, a feat that will hoist him into all-time great territory. Had we played 82 games, maybe — maybe — LeBron could have chased him down. But given the games that have been played, and the paucity of any that will follow, that notion is gone, vanished with so many other parts of our sports.