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Harden wins first career NBA MVP award

26 June 2018

Houston Rockets point guard James Harden thanked his mother for being his "backbone" as he was crowned Most Valuable Player at the 2018 NBA Awards.

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams is now a two-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award victor after being named the league's best bench player for the 2017-18 campaign. Handing out the trophies throughout the night is model Damaris Lewis, and DJ Kiss will be the providing the music. Simmons beat out Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum.

The Defensive Player of the Year went to center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz. James was able to lead the Cavaliers to the Finals for the fourth straight season despite only having the fourth seed in the East.

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"Do I want to do this again?'" Casey said.

Dwane Casey earned Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Raptors to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons. Robertson played in a generation when stars like Abdul-Jabbar and Russell fought for social change and were outspoken about civil rights. Harden became the first player in National Basketball Association history to have a 60-point triple-double. Only three players have led the National Basketball Association in that category more often than Harden.

Backstage, Robertson commended the activism of today's players, although he wondered why more white athletes aren't speaking out. But the only thing that really bothers me is where are the white athletes when this is happening? "This is not a black athlete problem".

Robertson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from presenters Charles Barkley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the NBA Awards on Monday night. But now I hope they all, the whites and the blacks get together. He donned a garish sports coat similar to what Craig Sager always wore.

Harden wins first career NBA MVP award