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Earlier this month, the Golden State Warriors were named the 2017 NBA champions, granting star-studded player Kevin Durant MVP. And now, the rest of the NBA is getting their chance to get their hands on a few trophies.

On Monday night, Drake hosted the NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York and every major NBA player was in the building.

Russell Westbrook, who took home the award for Most Valuable Player, stole the night with an emotional acceptance speech. “Everybody in Oklahoma City that let me go out and compete at a high level every night,” Westbrook said.

A teary-eyed Westbrook continued, “I couldn’t thank everybody, but thanks, you guys, to everybody who helped me along the way. I remember growing up just being home, playing the video games and stuff with my pops, and my mom sitting there and my brother and just talking about maybe one day I could be the MVP. Obviously I was joking at the time.”

The athlete, who averaged 31.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 10.4 assists per game this past season, added, “But now to be standing here with this trophy next to me is a true blessing, man, and it’s an unbelievable feeling, something that I can never imagine.”

Westbrook also made history this season as the first player to average a triple-double for a season since Oscar Robertson.

See photos from the event below.

Kemba Walker, winner of NBA Sportsmanship Award


Russell Westbrook, winner of the 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player Award


Malcolm Brogdon, winner of NBA Rookie of the Year


Eric Gordon, winner of 2016-2017 Sixth Man of the Year


Draymond Green, winner of NBA Defensive Player of the Year


Dirk Nowitzki, winner of Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award


NBA player James Harden (L) and his mother Monja Willis


Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal

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Tamar Braxton Insists Divorce Isn’t A PR Stunt: I Think That’s Disgusting



Tamar Braxton is adamant that her divorce from husband Vince Herbert is not a ratings ploy for her WE tv reality show Tamar & Vince. The Braxton Family Values star stopped by The View on Friday, February 23 and addressed rumors that the split is just a plot line.

“I wish I could say that a lot of times it’s made up, just so I can hide behind the truth,” she said. “But in this situation, I absolutely have no reason to lie about my marriage or the things that are happening in my marriage for ratings. I think that’s disgusting and I would never sell my soul to the devil like that.”

“I have a regular marriage, and in regular marriages, like everybody else, things happen,” she continued. “In my marriage, it was just to a point where I felt like divorce was the only option that I had left. I definitely filed for divorce — that’s not a lie.”

Braxton, 40, and Herbert, 45, share a 4-year-old son, Logan Vincent — and she says he’s their main priority.

“I think the bigger picture of everything is that we have a responsibility to my amazing 4-year-old son, to raise him in the most comfortable, amazing, loving, secure household that we can,” she said, adding, “That’s why we don’t live together.”

Braxton — who was joined by Herbert on air — also addressed the rumor that Herbert had impregnated another woman. (Last month, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Braxton claimed an unidentified woman told her that “Vincent Herbert is having a baby,” and that Herbert had then called Braxton “begging and lying” despite a “protection order.”)

“Here is the thing about people being in your business: keep people out your business,” said Braxton. “And let me just address the meltdown that I had on Instagram. That was my fault that I put myself in a position where I opened up the floor for people to give their opinions on my marriage, and I have to take responsibility for that.”

Herbert himself insisted the allegation was “absolutely” false.

“And all the other allegations are just not true — I’m just not that kind of person,” he said. “I love this lady with all my heart, I love my family with all my heart, and I will never stop fighting for my family and trying to make it be great.”

“Vince and I have been through a lot, and the reason that I filed for divorce was not because of those rumors,” added Braxton. “I filed for divorce because we work together, he’s my baby father, we’re together each and every single day, we’re attached at the hip and it just got to be too much. We just couldn’t figure out how to figure it out.”

As for a possible reconciliation? While Herbert is on board — “absolutely,” he said — Braxton isn’t so sure.

“It’s okay not to know,” she said. “We still work together now. We do work together well, so that’s one thing that I feel like we can definitely sustain and we’ve always been able to sustain, as well as our connection and our responsibility to being parents to Logan.”


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