Milwaukee Bucks: Congratulations to @Giannis_An34 on being named to the @TIME 100 Most Influential People list!! #TIME100
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Giannis Antetokounmpo, who just won a second straight NBA MVP award, has all that and more. To watch him play is to see not just what is, but also what is possible. There is some mystical quality that quickens a fan’s heart when they see that person walk onto the court. The true sports hero makes our bones vibrate and flesh ripple in anticipation of witnessing greatness. I have no doubt that Giannis will extend the NBA records he holds—he already has the highest single-season Player Efficiency Rating, which combines all of a player’s stats, in NBA history—possibly beyond the reach of future generations. But a sports hero is more than records. Giannis sets an example by standing up for what he believes in. After leading the Milwaukee Bucks to the playoffs, he and his team protested the police shooting of Jacob Blake in their home state by refusing to play, sparking a wave of strikes and postponements throughout the NBA. I once asked Giannis what his name meant, and he told me “the crown has arrived.” It certainly has.
Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, four-time winner LeBron James and 2018 MVP James Harden headline the list of finalists for the NBA’s six major individual awards, all of which were announced Saturday afternoon. Antetokounmpo, James and Harden were the three finalists for MVP, with the finalists for each of the six awards — MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year — being determined based off voting results from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters from across the globe.
Congrats to the new MVP, but we respectfully disagree. 📝 @JHarden13 ⤵️ ✔️ Finished Top 2 in MVP voting 4 out of the last 5 seasons ✔ 1st player in NBA history to avg at least 35.0ppg & 7.0apg in a single season ✔ Scored 40+ pts 28 times this season, 50+ 9 times & 60+ twice
Mark Berman: Hakeem Olajuwon (@Hakeem Olajuwon),1994 MVP, on @jharden,2018 MVP: “It’s long overdue.I think James has been the MVP for the last 2 or 3 seasons. I’m happy for him he got it this time because it’s well-deserved. He’s 1 of the hardest working players n the league. I really admire his ability”
Sam Amick: Here at the TNT/NBA awards show in a Santa Monica hangar, where James Harden is expected to be named MVP later tonight and will say a few words from this here podium. As I mentioned last week, LeBron will not be attending
Tim MacMahon: Scott Brooks says James Harden deserves to be MVP … “but you can always argue LeBron can get it every year. Like Michael Jordan should have had 12 of them. LeBron’s the same type of player.”
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November 28, 2020 | 9:33 am EST Update
Bobby Marks: Contract notes Austin Rivers 20/21 $3.5M 21/22 $3.3M 22/23 $3.15M Y2/Y3 become guaranteed if not waived by 7 days after the last day of the Moratorium for each year NYK sitting right at $18.3M in room. Could increase to $23.3M by using the room exception on Elfrid Payton.
Retired NBA star Paul Pierce is shooting for a big profit in Calabasas, where his amenity-loaded mansion is on the market for $10.995 million. Pierce paid $6.5 million for the property in 2009, a year after he won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics and took home Finals most valuable player honors. The 10-time All-Star decked the place out during his decadelong stay, painting the exterior salmon and adding high-end amenities such as a bowling alley, wet bar and gym. Out back, he installed a green basketball court emblazoned with the Celtics logo.
November 28, 2020 | 4:50 am EST Update
Marc Stein: NBA teams are scheduled to begin training camps Tuesday with individual workouts capped at four players and four team staff members at one time, league sources say, with all those participating required to register three negative PCR tests
Daryl Morey: Both Ben (24) and Joel (26) are superstar players in the peak of their prime. It is actually very rare to find examples where this is the case and it usually leads to something special. If you compare Ben and Joel to historic comparable players there is obviously no perfect comparison for either but both have a high probability to be in the top players of all time given how they have started and their age.
“My journey is having to earn it every step of the way,” the younger Seth said. “From high school to college and having to earn my respect and show that I belong by doing it on the floor. A lot of times, these days, guys are drafted off potential and are told they belong and try to build from there and get that opportunity. Me, I had to earn that opportunity, make the most of it, and that’s why I’m appreciative of every year and every step of the way. My journey is different and special and I’m just looking to the next step of my career.”