“Huge congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP, that boy went out there and was a created player on 2k all year, F—– balled out. Gotta respect it!”-Kevin Durant.
Golden State Warrior king and NBA Champion Kevin Durant just had to give it up to his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate this week. As the NBA Finals MVP may be a winner with a ring on his finger, but like K.D.’s mum, Russell Westbrook is the real MVP.
And you don’t even have to ask why?
Beating out another former OKC teammate in the bearded form of another triple-double machine, revolutionizng the point, James Harden. Westbrook went from jersey number to hero this year, beating the Big O, Oscar Robertson’s almost half-century triple double total record for the season with 42. But more importantly he took and put a team whose jersey Durant pulled off his shoulders on his back and did it all, beating the logo on his chest like Kong until the whole of Oklahoma roared so loud you could hear it way back in Seattle.
Sprinting down court at sonic speed, diming or dunking with trademark thunder this is the era of Westbrook reign. Even his other boss Michael Jordan co-signed with the personalised Air Jordan note and seal of approval that simply congratulated these words of encouragement, “I was MVP before I was champion too”.
In a emotional speech Russell, an ahead of his time trendsetter who also won the Style Award got real personal with his teammates surrounding him, having his back as he kept it real simple but sublime with a straight forward shirt and tie look to go with his spectacle frames that compliment his spectacular game.
In this new ESPY’s like format for the new NBA Awards happening postseason as oppossed to a playoff precursor there was plenty of glitz and glamour for this gold occassion. The first night hosted by Canadian rapper and Toronto Raptors owner Drake really was blinging like hotlines too. Plenty more answered the call as ‘Sixth Man Of The Year’ went yo Eric Gordon and not former T-Dot ‘6 Man’ and former Rocket teammate now sent back to L.A. as part of the Chris Paul package, Lou Williams despite his legendary year with the young Lake Show.
Gordon’s H-Town leader Mike D’Antoni took home ‘Coach Of The Year’…or should we say ‘James Harden Game Changer Of The Year’ award. Defensive Player Of The Year went to who else but Warrior Draymond Green, sporting a beautiful blue Y.S.L. suit jacket…and some shorts. Rookie Of The Year went to Milwaukee Buck Malcolm Brogdon, whilst superstar teammate Giannis Antetokoumpo in a year of Point Guard revolutionaries took home the ‘Most Improved’ nod. And probably will every year for the rest of his career with the amount of facets he adds to his all over the court, every position versatile game.
But in a night for the year that saw good Charlotte Hornets player Kemba Walker win the sportsmanship trophy and Boston Celtics superstar Isaiah Thomas handed the Community Assist Award like he gives out passes, it was great green Celtic giant and legend Bill Russell who won the Lifetime Achievement Award. And what more could you expect from a man who is literally the Defensive Player Of The Year trophy? And as he was presented it by a team of elite, legendary centers he pointed at Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and David Robinson one-by-one and whispered, “I’d kick all you asses”!
Cue his trademark laugh.
But last night the last one belonged to a new legend whose rest of his life and career is ahead of him until the clock reads 0.00 and the rafters O.
Kevin Durant may be your finals MVP, but the Oklahoma City Thunder knows whose Most Valuable.
MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title
Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.
The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.
In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.
Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.
New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground
Magnitudes off the Richter. An earthquake hit Sin City like jackpot in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada out in the desert last week.
And as the Jumbo-tron still shook like the music it was pumping, many people in awe inspired attendance would have been forgiven for thinking it was Zion. As the Duke standout and the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Williamson made us feel more tremors than Kevin Bacon. As the new New Orleans Pelican burst out the hardwood and flew, man-handling a steal off an opponent who’s just a poster now’s inbounds pass and put back a viscous, signature slam that felt like they still tested atomic bombs out in the Nevada desert overlooking the electric, neon skyline. All whilst new and former teammates respectively, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Anthony Davis looked on with “here comes the big airplane” mouths.
But after the road to Mount Zion’s knee injury lead to more Patrick Ewing ice than up there in Japan’s Mount Fuji, it was better the Blue Devil you know. As the Knicks third pick RJ Barrett ended up moving the needle more over this scorching, seasonal tourney of the youthful future of this association. Looking as good as those beautiful blue Knicks Summer League jerseys that are so clean we want to see them fresh off the press in the the NBA Store in NYC. So much so that even if RJ handed you one of his autographed signatures post game you’d still be like, “you got this in a medium?”
Sounding better than all those thirsty announcers singing “Summer Leeeeague” like The Isley Brothers this time of year classic, ‘Summer Breeze’. Making everything feel fine as he blew through defenders like the Jasmine in my mind. RJ initialed his dynamic debut and mainstream moment. Making Knicks’ fans almost forget that they just lost out on their number one goal, Zion Williamson. Or their free agent duo desire of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who ended up on the other side of New York, across that bridge from Manhattan in Brooklyn with the Nets…almost. Following the sweated out, hard nosed 90’s were only Jordan and Starks shots got in the way of golden era glory, the Knicks’ now have their first real leader in the post Porzingis era since Syracuse star ‘Melo for the Orangemen.
And he’s not alone. Barrett who was choosing Knicks’ mannequin heads to bucket on New York’s Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon nights before the draft cap has plenty to pass to in a Pelican rivaling young core of young guns, Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, new free agent signing Julius Randle (this Pel is still a big ‘cat out of Kentucky like Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins reunited on the Lake Show like purple and gold fans hoped he would be too), Elfrid Payton and of course the soaring Dennis Smith Jr. Not to mention a bolstered bench of Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock from more than midtown. Call it Chelsea, the Tribeca or even Battery Park after the High-Line of the Meatpacking District. The future of this franchise to the naked eye of ignorance is about to look better than the view from that new Vessel structure in Hudson Yards.
Barrett began in Vegas with some early snake eyes trouble. But rolling the dice again he turned into a killer like Brandon Flowers. The man. Come round. Nothing can break. Nothing can break him down. First he scorched California’s new look King sized Lakers for 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. But it was his spell in his last Summer forecast against the Wizards were RJ showed Washington that just like NYC, DC may be America’s capital, but there’s nothing like New York, New York. He was so good you had to check the instant replay twice, with another 21 and 10, two perfect precision passes off cashing in a triple-double chip like he was a team that had both James Harden and Russell Westbrook on their roster roll call. Houston, do you read me?
Averages of 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in a televised tournament that is basically a glorified practice scrimmage (tell me, do you even know who won the thing?) show he will be above so. The Canadian Maple Mamba has that syrup for your bacon. Even without free agent big names like Kevin and Kyrie who are one more decision away from being journeymen, forget super-teams, the Knicks may have a lifer in RJ from Coach K’s Duke fraternity administration in the association now. Can you relate? Barrett could be brilliant and New York no longer a rotten apple. But a couple of big names away from having their title again in the Mecca of Madison Square Garden’s, World’s Most Famous Arena in bright Times Square lights.
It’s almost a New Year for New York, time for the ball to drop.
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