The work is just beginning for Oklahoma City and its MVP – ESPN
With a simple white shirt, a gray tie, purple shades and jacket slung over his shoulder — Westbrook’s understated outfit was the biggest upset of the night — he glanced at the red carpet and shook his head. The man of the night skipped the cameras, the posing and the questions and headed inside.
Russell Westbrook, after becoming the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double, was awarded the NBA’s MVP award, garnering 69 of 101 first-place votes.
- Westbrook didn’t have an MVP moment or two. He filled an entire portfolio with jaw-dropping plays that kept OKC and the NBA world on the edge of their seats. And triple-doubles — lots and lots of triple-doubles.
- For the first time, the league will announce the winner of the MVP and its other major awards during a live show. Read about the 2017 NBA awards and see who will go home with the hardware on Monday.
Despite his style and flash on the floor, Westbrook isn’t one for crowds, or the spotlight. But he couldn’t completely escape it, as about two hours later he walked onstage at the first ever NBA Awards show at Basketball City to accept the trophy for most valuable player. Westbrook grinned, and, breaking the standard, he was actually a little long-winded.
He thanked God, he thanked Thunder owner Clay Bennett, general manager Sam Presti and coach Billy Donovan. He thanked the film guys, the trainers, the support staff. He called his teammates who were in attendance — Enes Kanter, Andre Roberson, Taj Gibson, Victor Oladipo and Nick Collison — onstage.
Westbrook thanked the fans, his agent and, finally, his family.