Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

James Harden named NBA's Most Valuable Player

James Harden named NBA's Most Valuable Player

James Harden said "it doesn't stop here" after finally being named NBA MVP and revealed that he did not prepare a speech for fear he might miss out again. The Rockets won more games than any other team (65) and might have knocked the Golden State Warriors out of the Western Conference Finals were it not for Chris Paul's hamstring injury. "I'll see you all next year".

He averaged 27.5 points on 54.2 percent from the field to go with a career-high 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds while playing all 82 games. Would LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, James Harden of the Houston Rockets or Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans take home the league's top individual honor? Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams won the Sixth Man Award and Indiana's Victor Oladipo was honored as the league's Most Improved Player. "I think it's a good time for people that look like me to be here for people that are fighting for equality", Long said last season.

Harden led the league in scoring, 3-pointers and 50-point games with four. He said football players must unite if they want to take on team owners. He beat out finalists Eric Gordon of the Rockets and Fred VanVleet of the Raptors.

Dwane Casey was crowned Coach of the Year after guiding the Toronto Raptors to first place in the Eastern Conference. Houston general manager Daryl Morey was also named Executive of the Year.

Robertson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from presenters Charles Barkley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the NBA Awards on Monday night. Before Thunder star Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double in the past two seasons, Robertson was the most recent player to average a triple-double - in the 1961-62 season.

Robertson grew up in a segregated housing project in Indianapolis and dealt with racial discrimination and economic inequality.

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