Stephen Curry and LeBron James are going head-to-head again not long after battling for the NBA title. The Golden State Warriors champ and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar are among the nominees for best male athlete at the ESPY Awards. Serena Williams leads the list of nominees for best female athlete. Joining Curry and James in the best male athlete category are Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt.
Not only did he shoulder the burden of defending LeBron James, but Iguodala averaged 20.3 points over the final three games as the Warriors sprinted to their title. “Andre is that guy that we all look to when everything’s going bad,” Green said. “People try to give me credit for being a leader, but we all look to Andre.” “Being the sixth man all year, then to come in and start and turn this around for us, that defines our team,” Warriors guard Shaun Livingston said.
Rusty Simmons: Steve Kerr on Andre Iguodala: “Their plan was to force Andre to beat them, and he did.”
Molly McGrath: Finals MVP Andre Iguodala (31 yrs old) with one of the best quotes of the series: “I wanna be just like Steph (27) when I grow up.”
“For us, it’s really fitting for Andre to win the award because he sacrificed his starting role — to make Harrison (Barnes) better, to make our bench better,” Kerr said. “That set the tone for our entire season and everything we were able to accomplish. “It couldn’t happen to a better person.” But after the Cavaliers won Games 2 and 3, Kerr made a bold change, putting Iguodala back into the starting lineup. And the series turned. “He saved this season for us,” teammate Draymond Green said.: 39 more rumors
Ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson picked James Harden for Most Valuable Player, and hours before his old team potentially wins the NBA title in Game 6, he supported LeBron James for Finals MVP. An ESPN broadcaster calling the game for ABC, Jackson indicated on Mike & Mike on Tuesday that the Cleveland Cavaliers star would be his MVP pick even if Warriors won the championship. “He is the MVP of this series thus far,” Jackson said. “There’s no question about it. When you take a look at what he’s doing, this Warrior team is a superior team. They have great depth, 67 wins, talent and versatility to throw at you. To have a chance to win, LeBron James has got to be spectacular, and he’s been that. Up until last game, Andre Iguodala would have been the MVP for the Golden State Warriors. Steph Curry exploded, and he’s in the discussion right now for Warriors MVP. But there’s no question in my mind, the MVP of these Finals has been LeBron James, and he would get my vote.”
Should the Cleveland Cavaliers fail to dig themselves out of their 3-2 NBA Finals deficit to the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James doesn’t find any consolation in the fact that he still could be named series MVP in a losing effort. “I wouldn’t feel good about it at all,” James said after Cavs shootaround in advance of Game 6 on Tuesday night. “Because at the end of the day, I’m here to win a team prize, and that’s to win a championship, not an individual prize.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Norris Cole let Steph Curry mess around with his championship ring. MOTIVATION. http://t.co/nNhUPCWTGO
LaMarcus Aldridge: I’m truly thankful to be named Oregon Pro Athlete of the Year at Nike last night.
Brothers Pau and Marc Gasol have been awarded Spain’s Princess of Asturias prize for sports for their “brilliant record” playing basketball for Spain and their NBA teams. The pair was recognized for their “sporting standards” as well as being ambassadors for “the Spanish brand,” the award foundation said in a statement on Wednesday. Pau, aged 34, and Marc, 30, have won world and European championships, and two silver medals at the Olympics.
As the Washington Post points out, he did statistically have a case: According to ESPN’s Real-Plus Minus, which adjusts for teammates and opponents, Wall ranks fifth (4.29 RPM) among this group. Higher than Lillard, Thompson and Irving and just behind those selected for the first and second all-NBA teams.
Just like he wasn’t on the list for Team USA, for all of the NBA All-Star games he missed out on. How despite being the top pick in the draft, he’s never been the face of the league. And he wasn’t on the list to be the go-to guy for the press until he made himself that person. It’s the thing he’s made a theme of his professional career: He, according to Wall and Wizards faithful, was snubbed.
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James headline the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team, the NBA announced today. Curry, the 2014-15 Kia NBA MVP, and James received First Team votes on all 129 ballots. This marks the first All-NBA First Team selection for Curry and the ninth in 12 seasons for James, who tied Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson for the third most all time. Joining Curry and James on the First Team are James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies. Harden, who garnered 125 First Team votes, makes his second straight appearance on the First Team. Davis (119 First Team votes) and Gasol (68 First Team votes) earned First Team honors for the first time.
The All-NBA Second Team consists of Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers, Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings. The All-NBA Third Team is composed of the Warriors’ Klay Thompson, the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan.
Tim Kawakami: There’s a chance the NBA All-Defensive teams are named tomorrow. Draymond Green should be a 1st team lock, then it gets interesting…
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has won the season long NBA Cares Community Assist Award, The Oklahoman has learned. An official announcement will be made Tuesday night, with Westbrook being presented with the David Robinson Plaque from NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum at the NBA Draft Lottery in New York City. The Community Assist Award recognizes the NBA player who best represents the league’s efforts toward giving back to the community.