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NBA Awards: Russell Westbrook Named MVP + The Backstage Photos You Didn’t See

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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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