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2018 NBA Awards: Harden MVP, Simmons Rookie Of Year, Fired Casey Coach Of Year

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The 2018 NBA Awards broadcast Monday night captured the great performances from the regular season.  James Harden won the MVP after scoring an average of 30.4 points per games.  Oddly, LeBron James hasn’t won the award in the last 5 years. Harden didn’t prepare a speech in case he didn’t win. He said he wasn’t going to get emotional, but sounded a bit choked up when he thanked his mom,”I’m not going to get emotional but she is my backbone, good times, bad times… Sixth Man of the Year [in 2011-12] to the MVP. Shout out to all the [young players]. They got a dream. There is a vision out there. Go chase that dream. … I’ll see y’all next year!” It’s the first MVP award for Harden.

Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons won rookie of the year (even though fellow rookie Utah Jazz Donovan Mitchell harrassed Simmons all year by claiming he wasn’t a “true” rookie having sat out the 2016 season). Mitchell even arrived at the awards show in a van plastered with “Rookie?” on the side.

Indiana’s Victor Oladipo took home the most improved player award, and Utah’s Rudy Gobert won defensive player of the year.

Lou Williams won 6th man of the year for the second time in his career (first time in 2014). Drake wrote a song about him as the 6th man.

In the most awkward moment of the night, Dwayne Casey won Coach of the year for the Toronto Raptors, even though he was fired by the Raptors after having lost to the Cavaliers in the playoffs. Casey is now the head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

 

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76ers Win Historic 15 Straight, Donovan Mitchell Trolls Simmons, 32-Year Old Ingram Shines In NBA Debut

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The Philadelphia 76er continue their historic streak. With a 121-116 victory on Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks, the 76ers secure their 15th straight win (the longest continuous streak in franchise history). If the Sixers beat the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night, they will secure the #3 seed, but if the Cleveland Cavs win and the Sixers lose, the Cavs grab the #3 seed.

Before the Warriors game, Utah Jazz Donovan Mitchell wore a sweatshirt with the definition of a rookie “an athlete playing his or her first season as a member of a professional sports team” implying the Sixers Ben Simmons (who was drafted in 2016 but didn’t play because of injuries), isn’t technically a rookie. Both are vying for rookie of the year and both are on fire.

It only took 10 years, but Andre Ingram got his wish to play in the NBA. At 32 years old, Ingram spent 10 years in the NBA G League (the developmental league for the NBA) and every year held out hope he’d make it to the show. With injuries to some of the Los Angeles Lakers players, Magic Johnson invited Ingram to play in the Lakers’ last two games of the season. As befitting any feel-good story, Ingram not only made his first shot but ended the game with 19 points and received the game ball from coach Luke Walton.

Wednesday is the last day of the NBA regular season, and the playoff seeds are on the line. For more on potential playoff matchups, click here.

 

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76ers Win 11th Straight, Dr. J Heaps Praise On Ben Simmons, Pats Send Cooks To Rams

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The Philadelphia 76ers won their 11th straight game Tuesday night with a 121-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. This is their longest win streak since 1990.  Everyone is talking about rookie Ben Simmons amazing season, but the best compliment (if you’re a basketball fan) came from the legendary Hall of Famer, Julius Erving  (“Dr.J”) when he said Simmons was a “Once-in-a-decade, maybe once-in-a-lifetime-type player. Sometimes it looks like he’s got eyes in the back of his head, because he sees and feels one of his guys making a run to the hoop or spotting up at certain positions. That’s just a gifted player that we are very fortunate to have on our team.”

With a 112-106 win over the Toronto Raptors, the Cleveland Cavaliers lead the 76ers by half a game for the three-seed in the East.

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The New England Patriots traded away Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams for the 23rd pick in the draft, including an exchange of 4th and 6th round picks. The Rams were initially interested in the Giants’ receiver Odell Beckham Jr, but opted instead for Cooks. The question now is which team is prepared to trade for Beckham Jr. If the Giants make a trade, it will need to be big enough to justify letting go of their star receiver.

 

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KD Story Crashes Players’ Tribune, Ben Simmons’ Debut Halted By Cramps, Joey Chestnut Regains Title

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When the Players’ Tribune, an athlete owned media site and the brainchild of Derek Jeter, broke the story on July 4th of Kevin Durant heading to the Warriors, the site crashed from too much traffic. This isn’t the first time the Players’ Tribune crashed. The site also went down last fall when Kobe Bryant posted a poem stating he was retiring from the NBA.

The Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons, the #1 draft pick, appeared in his first NBA game on July 4th in a summer league matchup against the Boston Celtics. He had a solid debut but then had to leave in the 4th quarter with cramps in both legs. The coach said, “We might have been able to put him back in, but on July Fourth, we didn’t need to create those fireworks.” After the game, Simmons said he’ll be sure to drink more water!

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Nathans Hot DogsJoey Chestnut regained his title at the annual 4th of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut out ate last year’s champ, Matt “The megatoad” Stonie. Joey won the contest 8 years in a row but lost the title last year to Stonie.  By downing 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes (17 more than Stonie), Joey regained the Nathan’s Famous Title, and a check for ten thousand dollars.

 

 

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NBA Draft Update: Simmons, Ingram, Brown, Bender And Dunn Go Top 5, Ben Affleck’s Rant On Deflategate

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Ben Simmons 3It’s official. The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Ben Simmons with their #1 pick. Duke’s Brandon Ingram went to the Los Angeles Lakers with the second pick and the Boston Celtics took University of California’s Jaylen Brown with #3.  With the #4 pick, Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Dragan Bender went to the Phoenix Suns. To round out the top 5, Kris Dunn from Providence went to the Minnesota Timberwolves.  The big surprise of the draft was the Oklahoma City Thunder sending Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo and Ersan Ilyaysova in addition to their 11th pick. Social media went crazy with this trade. Many believed the Magic gave up too much claiming Ibaka has never made an all-star game in his 7 seasons with OKC. For complete draft coverage, click here.

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If you haven’t already heard Ben Affleck’s profanity filled interview on HBO’s Bill Simmons show, it’s a very passionate defense of Tom Brady filled with multiple f’bombs and slurred words.  Clearly he’s passionate about his Patriots.

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