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Half blast: First-half awards for Bulls, NBA

February 22, 2012|RedEye

The Bulls completed the first "half" of their lockout-shortened 66-game season Wednesday night with a 110-91 win over the injury-plagued Milwaukee Bucks. Yes, they're even more injury-plagued than the Bulls.

And while it's true that the Bulls technically have played more than half their games already—35 of 66-- the All-Star break is the symbolic halftime of the NBA season. It's also the time when sports publications all over the country hand out their awards for first-half awards.

We'll do that, too, but with our own RedEye spin, of course.

So, without further ado, here are our Premature Awards For Performances That May or May Not Hold Up For a Full Season.

Most Valuable Player

Sorry, King Nothing and DRose, it goes to scoring leader Kobe Bryant. Can you imagine how bad the Lakers would be without him?

Least Valuable Player

Greg Oden: Hasn't played since December of 2009 yet is still on an NBA roster.

Comeback Player of the Year

It'll be Richard "Rip" Hamilton of the Bulls whenever he comes back from his injury this season.

Sixth Man of The Year

James Harden

Who cares about his stats with Oklahoma City—which make him worthy—check out his beard, which makes him a lock.

Best Player Linked to a Kardashian

Khloe's husband of the Dallas Mavericks is averaging just 7.7 points this season, almost half of his career average, so this award goes to Kim's ex-husband who is averaging a double-double of 13.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Congratulations, guy.

Best Player With Torn Wrist Ligaments

Luol Deng. He's an All-Star and, besides, Bryant claimed a couple weeks ago that his torn ligament had healed.

Annoyance of the Year

Jeremy Lin. Never forget.

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