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Tarek Fattal: Steph Curry and Patrick Mahomes announce Sierra Canyon’s Brandon Boston Jr. is USA TODAY HS Sports (Los Angeles) boys basketball Player of the Year and Boys Athlete of the Year, respectively. Boston was a McDonald’s All-American selection. Headed to Kentucky.

When Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love decided to go public with his mental health and wellness experiences in 2018, he admitted he was concerned about putting himself out there, telling the world about panic attacks and anxiety in a first-person essay titled, “Everyone is Going Through Something” on The Players’ Tribune.
Storyline: Mental Health
“While I thought that through pretty thoroughly, I had spoken to my agent (Jeff Schwartz), and he knows how these things go when people live their life in the open,” Love told USA TODAY Sports. “He totally got it and said, ‘You’re going to open up yourself to a lot of people. A lot of people will be talking about this, and people are going to recognize you for more than basketball. Are you sure you want this?’
For his efforts, especially with young people dealing with mental health and wellness, Love will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at Sunday’s 28th ESPY Awards show (9 p.m. ET, ESPN). The award, named after the tennis great, is given each year to a person whose contributions transcend sports. “I’m incredibly humbled by it,” Love said. “It’s really a profound honor if you look back at that group of men and women who I admire. Billie Jean King, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, to name a few. It’s very, very humbling to see my name next to those.”
Storyline: Mental Health
“I just feel like I have so much more work to do. Those are people who put in a lifetime of work. With my name next to theirs, I have an obligation and opportunity to make a lot of change in the world of mental health. I know what Arthur Ashe stood for and what he was about, especially being around UCLA. It’s just tough for me even now to put it into words what this means because it’s so much bigger than the realm of sports.”
The Detroit Pistons nominee for Jr. NBA coach of the year had to give up playing basketball because of a heart condition. The diagnosis came during Shae Smith’s freshman year at Concordia College. She couldn’t walk away, which led to her next act, becoming a youth basketball coach and trainer before turning 21. Smith said it’s not a major reach. “The only difference is I can’t physically put the ball in the hoop,” she said with a laugh. “I’m still yelling, I’m still communicating, I’m still interacting, I’m still making sure my boys have water. I’m still having every quality of a basketball player except putting the ball in the hoop.”
“You sit there and telling me what I should be known for, giving me credit for, which I respect but at the same time, where is the real validation from that?” Marion asked. “Think about it, though. I never made an all-defensive team. I never was defensive player of the year, which I should have been, couple years, honestly. Defensive player of the year, possibly, I should’ve been, maybe once or twice in my career. But I didn’t get that. All defensive team? I definitely should’ve been all-defensive team, four or five years, easily. Why is that?”
NBA Central: Carmelo Anthony thinks he should’ve been named Co-ROTY with LeBron in 2004 “I swear I thought we was getting Co-Rookie of the Year.” (Via @uninterrupted ) pic.twitter.com/5tw8ERXBFZ

What does the future hold for the @Raptors forward Pascal Siakam? His agent, Todd Ramasar ( @tramasar ) tells @TermineRadio & @Jumpshot8 “The sky is the limit” for @pskills43 #WeTheNorth

What does the future hold for the @Raptors forward Pascal Siakam? His agent, Todd Ramasar ( @tramasar ) tells @TermineRadio & @Jumpshot8 “The sky is the limit” for @pskills43 #WeTheNorth

Gilbert Arenas: Okay okay basketball world I need answers here…from 2005-07 i ranked #1 in 8 out of 10 categories in my position, which clearly says I was the goat in my position 😜 @stevenash won 2 mvps in this same time frame 🤔 if u (add )his two mvps/(subtract) one mvp trophy from him /(divide) MY wins VS my TEAMS team loses, becuz I neva lost 😬/ if u (carry) all that like I carried my team😇 @stevenash owes me one of those mvp trophies 😂😂 (math don’t lie)🙌🏾💯 Steve do u have amazon prime?😇 #theresnoiinteam there’s No WE either #arenasmvp sounds nice 🤔 😊

When Reid asked about the possibility of earning votes for this season’s NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, All-Defensive first team and Most Improved Player award, Adebayo said: “I want them all.” “But the one that I would say that sticks out the most is probably first-team All-Defense,” he admitted, “just because I came into the league being a defender and an energy guy and just working on my game to be able to play on both sides of the court. Coach gives me new challenges like guarding the best player on every team even though he’s not a big. Guarding point guards, guarding slashers, guarding the superstar. That’s just the level of respect I earned from my head coach, my teammates and other players.”
During the first 19 games of his career, Zion Williamson has put up numbers that have him in the company of legends Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan. His strong performance — averaging 23.6 points per game on 58.9% shooting — has led many to wonder if Williamson, even in an abbreviated season, could unseat Ja Morant to win this year’s Rookie of the Year award. In a straw poll conducted over the past few days by ESPN of 70 eligible voters, a clear consensus has emerged: no.

Ja Morant heavily favored to win Rookie of the Year

ESPN polled a mixture of local beat writers from across the league as well as national and international reporters. And to simulate the voting process, we used the same point system as the NBA at the conclusion of the regular season — every first-place vote is worth five points, with second-place votes worth three points and third-place votes worth one point. Behind Morant and his perfect 350 points came Williamson, with 51 of the 70 second-place votes along with 11 third-place selections for a total of 164 points.
Leonard came in fifth with 118 points, having been named on 40 ballots, with a huge gap existing between him and crosstown rival Anthony Davis (61 points, 25 ballots) in sixth. Six other players — Chris Paul (28 points, 10 ballots), Nikola Jokic (18 points, eight ballots), Pascal Siakam (12 points, six ballots) Damian Lillard (four points, four ballots), Jayson Tatum (three points, one ballot) and Bradley Beal (one point, one ballot) — rounded out the voting.
Storyline: MVP Race
Leonard came in fifth with 118 points, having been named on 40 ballots, with a huge gap existing between him and crosstown rival Anthony Davis (61 points, 25 ballots) in sixth. Six other players — Chris Paul (28 points, 10 ballots), Nikola Jokic (18 points, eight ballots), Pascal Siakam (12 points, six ballots) Damian Lillard (four points, four ballots), Jayson Tatum (three points, one ballot) and Bradley Beal (one point, one ballot) — rounded out the voting.
Storyline: MVP Race
If Bradley Beal keeps playing the way he has lately, averaging 34.5 points per game since the All-Star break, he is going to put together a legitimate case for All-NBA, no matter the fact he wasn’t an All-Star earlier this season. All-NBA is a more exclusive group, but all Beal has done since he was left off the All-Star team is raise his game to a different level. If it happens, though, Beal will have some conflicted feelings, as he outlined after Tuesday night’s win over the New York Knicks.
Though it is sort of strange that an NBA player could not make the cut when the top 24 players in the league are picked, but then make it when that list is widdled down to 15, it happens more often than most probably realize. In fact, 11 times in the last 10 years alone has a player been All-NBA but not an All-Star. Wizards point guard Rod Strickland did it in 1997-98. And Jazz center Rudy Gobert has done it twice. So, if it happens to Beal, it won’t exactly be a rare occurrence throughout the game’s history. It will just be, as he put it, “weird.” Beal also says he has other goals in mind at the moment. “I don’t really think about it,” he said. “Ultimately I want to make the playoffs. Hopefully the Magic and Brooklyn lost today.”