NBA fans love to chant "M-V-P" for hometown players. Yet what started as a perfectly understandable expression of fans' admiration for their teams' actual award-worthy stars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James has turned into something much different. In past seasons, the chant has been aimed at everyone from ex-Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis (at the height of his high-usage, low-efficiency exploits) to Amar'e Stoudemire at a time in 2011 when the New York Knicks had already become Carmelo Anthony's team. The chant may exist, but it usually doesn't apply to actual MVP candidates. It often seems to be something more like shorthand for crediting a very important player for his contributions.
At the same time, as far as we know, none of these unlikely targets of the chant has ever asked fans to stop. Until now, because Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has asked his team's crowd to cut it out. From an interview for Bulls.com (via SLAM):
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"I don’t like it,” he said. “No, I don’t like