Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Michael Jordan, Taylor Swift salute MVP Russell Westbrook

Kristopher Love | 29 June, 2017, 08:58

Westbrook has been inspiration for children, and Westbrook could be a reason Steve Dominguez, from Los Angeles, is buying Thunder gear. Westbrook led the National Basketball Association in clutch-time points, by a wide margin, and built a lengthy résumé full of heroic clutch moments - particularly in the final three weeks of the season - that stuck with voters. We all love competition, but in this case Westbrook has earned the praise and regardless of what team you play for or root for, you should be able to tip your hat and appreciate that this man just averaged a triple double for an entire National Basketball Association season.

Russell Westbrook has been voted NBA MVP after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles last season. The last time a player won this award without reaching at least 50 wins was Moses Malone in 1981.

Westbrook has had a record-breaking season becoming the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1962 to average a triple-double across the season. This is especially remarkable for a six ft 3 in and 200-pound point guard. The Toronto-born rapper has plenty of experience hosting sports awards shows, as he has memorably hosted the ESPYs before and brought that skill-set to the NBA Awards Monday night.

Green received 99 of a possible 100 first-team votes from a panel of media voters.

He broke into tears and grew emotional as he thanked his family, specifically his mother, brother and wife, who were in attendance.

"Those close to Westbrook fully expect him to take the Thunder's offer, quite possibly at 12:01 a.m., and stabilize the franchise and present a clear road map". New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis was the center and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Oklahoma City's Andre Roberson the forwards.

Westbrook thanked God first and foremost during Monday's ceremony.

Whatever animosity there is between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook - and I don't think it's as much as some people want to drum it up to be - is more from the Westbrook side.

The NBA Finals MVP award is named for Russell, who was one of the most dominant defensive players in NBA history.