My 2 Cents: Russell Westbrook Wins MVP

Congratulations are pouring in for newly-christened MVP Russell Westbrook, who received his award with an emotional speech at the NBA Awards in New York City on Monday night.

His appeal is global, but Russell Westbrook is a local phenomenon, too. And on Monday night, he capped off his historic season by winning the 2017 National Basketball Association (NBA) most valuable player (MVP) award.

Westbrook took the honor at the NBA Awards show Monday in NY, defeating fellow finalists Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio and James Harden of Houston in the voting.

OKC's star pointguard thanked his teammates and called them to the stage to join him, his parents, and all the crew behind the Thunders team.


Westbrook then turned his attention to his brother Raynard, who Westbrook said has sent him a supportive text at halftime of every game of his National Basketball Association career.

"Russell, it's Taylor, remember?", the clip, which was posted on the Thunder's Twitter account, begins. Harden and his beard came pretty close to averaging a triple-double themselves this season, with 29.1 points, a league-high 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Former Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams was given the SagerStrong Award for the strength he showed after his wife was killed in a vehicle crash in Oklahoma City.

"I'm very thankful to have you guys in my corner, you guys are my brothers". You said, 'You just have to shake it off.' And I got an idea. Oklahoma City- you guys are here tonight.


Oklahoma City lost in the first round against Harden's Rockets, but it's tough to pin that on the new MVP. You're so fantastic. I couldn't be able to do none of this without you guys. I know that I am not the man that everybody thinks that I am, and you guys know that.

Westbrook played exceptionally well during the past season for the Oklahoma City Thunder and experts took notice of that since Kevin Durant made a decision to play for the Golden State Warriors.

"A lot of working out, just taking care of my body", he said.



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