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April 29, 2015 Updates

Howard Beck: So, the production company hired to create NBPA's awards ceremony this summer? It filed for bankruptcy last year: http://articles.latimes.com/2014/mar/10/entertainment/la-et-ct-soap-opera-producer-prospect-park-bankruptcy- Twitter @HowardBeck

In his season-ending news conference on Tuesday, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams expressed disapppointment that star forward Anthony Davis was not named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard won the award last week that was selected by the media. Leonard finished with 333 total votes that included 37 first-place votes. New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 27, 2015 Updates
April 25, 2015 Updates

The Spurs had Tim Duncan present Leonard with his Defensive Player of the Year trophy in a pregame ceremony. Afterward, Duncan was asked his impressions of how deeply the award touched his young teammate. "Can anybody tell? I don't know." Duncan handed him the trophy, and the idea would've been for Leonard to stand there, that trophy high in the air and let the love wash over him. Only he bailed. "I gave him the trophy, walked off and he was [following] behind me," Duncan said. Yahoo! Sports

April 24, 2015 Updates

Ben Bolch: DeAndre Jordan on defensive player of year voting: "I finished third last year, so it was cool. I guess I need to improve a lot. As long as I have the respect from my coaches, my peers around the league, that’s the only thing that matters." Twitter @latbbolch

April 23, 2015 Updates

Leonard received 37 first-place votes, 41 for second and 25 for third and a total of 333 points. Green actually had more first-place votes with 45, but appeared on fewer ballots with 25 second-place votes and 17 for third and a total of 317 points. Leonard, a forward who can guard multiple positions, led the league in steals with 2.31 per game. He only played 64 games this season because of injuries, but the Spurs were 46-18 (.719) when he was on the floor. Green would have been the first Warrior to win this award, which has been given out since the 1982-83 season. Contra Costa Times

Rudy Gobert: Can't wait for next season. Utah Jazz: NBA Defensive Player of the Year Results: 1. Kawhi Leonard 2. Draymond Green 3. DeAndre Jordan 4. Anthony Davis 5. @rudygobert27 Twitter @rudygobert27

Nerlens Noel received one third-place vote, becoming the first rookie to receive a Defensive Player of the Year vote since Iman Sumpert in 2012. Four other players received a lone third-place vote this year – Chris Paul, DeMarre Carroll, Hassan Whiteside, and Patrick Beverley. NBA.com

April 21, 2015 Updates

During his acceptance speech, Budenholzer got choked up when talking about Popovich, who he coached under in San Antonio. “It seems appropriate to finish with the real Coach of the Year, Gregg Popovich. This award has a permanent spot on his desk in San Antonio. He just shares it around every couple years and lets us take a picture of it. I might be able to sneak back into his office and put it back down. I was very, very fortunate to be so close to a coach who’s done so much for the league, done so much for so many coaches, and has shared so much with me. And I can’t even begin to articulate how thankful I am and all the things I’ve learned. For The Win

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