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Westbrook squeezes himself into a third-grade chair at Eugene Field Elementary School and reflects on the hotly contested race for the trophy he has eyed since training camp. “It’s been one of my main goals all season,” he says. “I want it.” There are more predicable candidates, but he continues undaunted in his pursuit of the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. He may have a better shot at MVP, but before rejecting his Kennedy candidacy based on postgame interviews Marshawn Lynch would find chilly, consider that Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation has created reading rooms at three Oklahoma City elementary schools this season and launched a reading challenge in which students from 78 local schools compete to read for the most minutes. Sports Illustrated

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But during Love's appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, he picked Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook -- his college teammate at UCLA -- over James for MVP. Love, breaking from tradition by not supporting a teammate who's up for MVP, cited the two weeks James took off to rest nagging injuries, even though James (61 games) has played more than Westbrook this season (55 games). "They're both having an MVP-type season, but I'm going to go with Russell Westbrook because he's, every single night you're looking at his stat sheet, they're fighting for a playoff spot, with Serge Ibaka going down now, Kevin Durant potentially being out the rest of the year and him still going out there and fighting for his team, and winning, and fighting for that seventh or eighth spot in the playoffs," Love said. "I think Russ is arguably having the better season." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Ben Simmons has won the 2015 Naismith Trophy Boy's High School Player of the Year. Simmons averaged 28.0 points, 4.0 assists, 11.9 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. RealGM

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So yes, he'll tell you, he badly wants to win the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award and considers himself deserving. And yes, with the next challenge coming Friday against the Dallas Mavericks and an ABC game at 3:30 p.m. Sunday against the Houston Rockets, he would love to keep hitting his shots at such a ridiculous rate that he tops the great Wilt Chamberlain and sets a new mark for single-season field-goal percentage (Chamberlain set the mark of 72.7% in the 1972-73 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Jordan is currently at 71.5%). But Jordan, a man of Christian faith who has scripture tattooed across his chest and a smile typically on his face, isn't about to lose sight of what truly matters. Not with the lesson he learned by losing a friend he'll never forget. USA Today Sports

"I feel like the positive in (Griffin's absence) was for everybody to learn how to play without certain guys," Jordan said. "Our second unit is going to definitely benefit from this the most … Everybody has had to step up a lot. That's why it's a team. "I don't think there was any panic (when Griffin went down). I feel like there may have been guys who were a little worried, but like I've said before, when Chris went down last year (with a shoulder injury and missed more than a month) it was kind of like the same thing. We were used to it. We were used to one of our MVPs going down and everybody having to step up a little bit to pick up the slack … There wasn't a sense of a panic, just more of a focus on guys having to be ready." USA Today Sports

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"It don't matter," Paul said of being shut out from the MVP conversation. "I just need to win a championship. You can have whatever else. I don't care. You can have the assists and steals titles, you can have all that. I just need to win a championship." ESPN.com

Paul might say he doesn't care about the individual matchups as much as he used to, but the competitor in him was privately seething when there actually was a debate about whether he should be an All-Star this season. It's no accident that over the past week he has put up 36 points and 12 assists against Damian Lillard, 14 points and 11 assists against Stephen Curry and 33 points and nine assists against Westbrook. ESPN.com

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