Now it’s Tim Duncan’s turn.
The Spurs’ big man’s celebrations are a little more understated, but this made me laugh. Especially the way he runs back up court.
From the man who brought you this brilliant Russell Westbrook impersonation, here’s the James Harden version.
The arm hook and Wizard of Oz sing-along was spot-on. Harden does it just like that.
Finally, NBA players have had their voices heard.
So long silenced (it’s not like there is media broadcasting much of what they say), the players got the chance to vote and make their choices for some of the top awards in the NBA. The Players’ Awards ceremony — put on by the National Basketball Players’ Association (the players’ union) — took place at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas and was broadcast on BET Tuesday night.
Who won? Here is the list:
MVP: James Harden, Houston Rockets
Best defender: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers
Hardest to guard: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Most clutch: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Coach you most want to play for: Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs
Best Homecourt Advantage: Oracle Arena, Golden State Warriors
Player you secretly wish was on your team: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
It’s a secret guys want to play with LeBron?
Ray Allen and Allen Iverson also won awards.
What you think of the players’ vote likely largely depends on whether you think Harden should have won MVP over Curry (I don’t, but it’s not like Harden was a bad choice, he was a close second). Or you think Jordan should have won the defensive award over Kawhi Leonard (who won Defensive Player of the Year).
If this was a hit with players, I’m sure the players’ union will continue to put it on, I’d expect we’ll see it for a few more years at least.
The NBPA’s first annual Players’ Awards, the players’ union’s response to the media-distributed end-of-season awards, isn’t airing until Tuesday night, but the ceremony took place on Sunday. Not all of the award winners are public knowledge yet, but James Harden — runner-up to Stephen Curry in the MVP award balloting — took home MVP honors. From Reid Leymance of the Houston Chronicle:
It may not be the official MVP award, but James Harden was picked as the league’s best in the first Players’ Awards, which is a collaboration between BET and the National Basketball Players Association.
In voting by players, Harden was the “Top Vote Getter” as the ceremony proclaims over Stephen Curry (the league’s official MVP in voting by media members), LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.
The ceremony airs tonight on BET.
Well played, Daryl Morey.
Clearly the Rockets GM is playing a little golf and checking out wineries (that’s what one does in Temecula), but he took to Twitter to have a little fun with the James Harden vs. Stephen Curry MVP debate (which should be dead but is not due to the NBA Player Awards, which airs on BET Tuesday night).
If you don’t get the Temecula reference, you need to read up on crazy Lakers/Kobe Bryant fans from Christmas. Since then, if you’re calling someone out in the NBA, you reference Temecula.
Again, well played, Daryl Morey.