Durant Congratulates Westbrook on MVP Award

After he took the stage, Russell pointed at each of the five big men on the stage - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo - and said, "I would kick your (expletive)". A number of NBA players, including 2017 MVP victor Russell Westbrook, showed off their fashion sense at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York City. Beating out the likes of James Harden and Kawhi Leonard for the award, the Oklahoma City point guard won, in convincing fashion, the MVP trophy after averaging a triple-double the entire National Basketball Association season.

Westbrook defeated fellow finalists James Harden of Houston and Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio to claim the season MVP award for the first time in ceremonies at NY.

During Westbrook's acceptance speech on Monday night, he became emotional as he thanked his parents.

In fact, the mutual respect between Westbrook and Swift goes back several years.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was the first player to average a triple-double over the course of an entire season since Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 season.

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All and all, the first-ever NBA Awards Show had its moments from my end but I would not say I am completely high on it just yet.

"You guys have been riding with me since Day 1", Westbrook said of fans in Oklahoma City.

Former Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams was given the SagerStrong Award for the strength he showed after his wife was killed in a auto crash in Oklahoma City. "You can always achieve your dreams if you have faith and you sacrifice".

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have not exactly been the best of friends since the former Thunder star left for the Warriors last summer. Of course that included Westbrook, his running mate in Oklahoma City for eight seasons. "You are incredible! You're the MVP". Westbrook has shared several videos of himself singing along to the Grammy winner's songs on his Vine and Instagram accounts through the years, and was even spotted at her Los Angeles concert in 2015. "I would like to thank my teammates and my coaches for making my job easy this year".

  • Tabitha Byrd