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Quixem Ramirez: Marco Belinelli received The Golden Neptune Award (which sounds important) and he judged Miss Italia. The dude is having a career year. Twitter @quixem
Oklahoma City Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have been nominated for the 2014 ESPY awards, according to the list of nominations released today. Durant has been nominated in two categories, best male athlete and best NBA player. Westbrook has been nominated for best comeback athlete. Also nominated for best male athlete were Detroit Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and boxer Floyd Mayweather. Oklahoman
The happiest member of the just-announced All-NBA teams is likely Paul George, who had a large clause in his contract triggered by being named to the third team on Wednesday. As part of the contract that George signed with the Indiana Pacers last summer, making the All-NBA team activates a nearly $7 million bonus in that deal, according to sources. George becomes the third player since 2011 to hit what has become known as the "Rose Provision," which is an escalator bonus in some maximum contracts. ESPN.com
The final terms of George's deal will not be known until the NBA sets the salary cap in July. Based on a currently projected $63 million cap, George's deal will come in at about $97 million over the next five years. ESPN.com
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