Gordon beat out Rockets teammate Lou Williams and former NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala for the award given to the league's top player off the bench. The singer emerged from a musical hiatus away from the public eye to record a sweet video relating a playful, fictional story of twenty years of friendship to congratulate Westbrook on his historical win.
On Monday night Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder star, took home the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, earning him the right to be called the league's most valuable player for the 2016-17 National Basketball Association season. Needless to say Westbrook was extremely thankful to everyone in his life, especially his team and his family, to helping him become the NBA's MVP. "You guys been riding with me since day one".
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates after scoring a game-winning, three-point shot at the buzzer against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on April 9, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.
Westbrook won the award over Rockets guard James Harden, who had a remarkable season as well. "You guys sacrificed everything", he said about his parents Shannon Horton and Russell Westbrook Sr.
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"To everybody in Oklahoma City who helped me go out every night and compete at a high level, I thank you for that", said Westbrook, who invited teammates on stage with him. I'm truly blessed to have you as my mother. "This isn't an individual award, it's five guys on the floor everyday. I can't do this all by myself so I appreciate them".
But it was not close, with Westbrook receiving 69 of 101 first-place votes, Harden 22, Leonard nine and James one. Now I'm not Jewish but they said if I would give a one-hour speech about sports I would receive some type of honor.
In a change of pace from past seasons, the National Basketball Association held a formal awards show to announce all of its achievement awards, rather than sprinkling them throughout the playoffs. You're the best wife a husband like me could ask for and I love you, Sugar.
As you probably already know, these two were thick as thieves in Oklahoma City.