NBA to host player awards during live telecast

Speaking of Adam Silver being the progressive type there is also a new concept in town. The NBA will be announcing their player awards via a live broadcast on TNT on June 26th. This event will be hosted at at Basketball City at Pier 36 in Manhattan.

The event will host celebrities, current and former players, and many league executives. Traditionally, the NBA announces their player awards throughout the playoffs. However, everyone will have to wait until June 26th to find out the coveted MVP. The Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year will be announced during the live show as well.

The league also announced that a few new awards will make its debut which are soon to be announced as time draws closer to the end of the regular season. Currently, the NBAPA debuted a Players Award show in 2015 and followed-up again in 2016. The concept was to introduce a peer-to-peer recognition which was aired on BET networks. No indication if the current NBA-led show will impact the 2017 version of the NBAPA Players Awards show.

New York Knicks Guard Derrick Rose Out for Season with Knee Injury

Derrick Rose has been officially ruled out for the rest of the season. What is familiar to Rose, another torn meniscus will need surgery to repair torn cartilage. Acquired by the Knicks a day prior last summer’s NBA draft the Phil Jackson brought in the one-time MVP to rejuvenate a team desperate for some help for Carmelo Anthony. Thurs far, the project has not worked well as the Knicks are currently eliminated from the playoffs with a 29-48 record. Rose’s teammates echoed much support and remained optimistic the point-guard can return with high hopes.

“I feel bad for him. I know how hard he worked throughout the season just to maintain the shape that he was in,” said Kristaps Porzingis. “To see that happen to him, right now, at the end of the season, it’s tough. I feel he’ll come back stronger.”

James Dolan and Jackson will have to be the world’s best salesmen this summer as the point-guard free agency market picks up. Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry can exercise their player-option to become unrestricted free agents. Filling out the list will be Jeff Teague, Patty Mills, Stephen Curry, Jrue Holiday, and George Hill as a few notables.

Another reason why the Knicks turnaround may be tough is the Charles Oakley incident. Players from around the league had spoken in favor of Oakley and expressed their support for the former New York Knick. One person at the helm of support is Chris Paul, who is a potential free agent the Knicks may want to target to pair with his buddy Carmelo Anthony.

As the season wraps-up the Knicks will be missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season. What’s next in New York is a prayer to turnaround the franchise impression of disappointment and return to a destination for big market stars.

Chevall Kanhai
Baseline Times NBA Contributor
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Russell Westbrook: Thank You

Thank you.

Russell Westbrook, you are the example of what the fans want to see. You are the last of a dying breed in the NBA. Thank you for playing last night in Orlando. As a Magic season ticket holder and fan of the overall NBA it was a pleasure to see you bring your team that once was down 19-points in the game.

On the hot topic of players resting there are many fans who are deprived from seeing their favorite superstar who is in town for one night only during the NBA season. The Oklahoma City Thunder make one visit to Orlando each year due to be an out-of-conference team. Last night we all knew that Westbrook was going to suit-up barring sudden illness and play like he has all season long. Mr. Triple-Double as they called him, I caught myself looking at his numbers on the board consistently. It’s without shame that I myself was rooting for Westbrook to achieve the triple-double better yet, the entire arena just knew that they were watching a spectacular performance.

Everything seemed so cliché as Westbrook dribbled up the court with less than four minutes remaining in overtime and one assist away from achieving his casual triple-double. He drove to the basket and found backcourt mate, Victor Oladipo for a wide-open three; Thunder up two. In that moment you have to think Russ knows what’s at stake, he knows that he needs one more assist so, let’s find the open man. Again, it just seemed so cliché and natural to happen. The beauty of watching an NBA superstar score 57-point while leading his team to a win in overtime is what makes a fan happy and the investment well spent.

Magic fans are about 12-13 years removed from seeing this a handful of times in a season. Does the name Tracy McGrady ring a bell? No wonder half of the arena turned into Russell Westbrook fans by the time he drew overtime for the Thunder. Think about this, if Russ decided to take the time off for rest last night, this is what you deprived a fan base of: a historic night in which Westbrook becomes the first player to log a triple-double and scoring the most points alongside one.

“That is definitely a blessing,” Westbrook told reporters of his historic night in Orlando, Florida. “I definitely don’t take this game for granted, and I try to come out each night and try to compete at a high level. That is definitely something that is a blessing and definitely something that I can be proud of.”

While science might prove that a little bit of rest can help the longevity of one’s career, the argument of resting while you’re healthy on the fan side will always be, just play. Today, Kevin Durant takes a stab at the issue saying it is for only certain top players so why make a rule that isn’t a league-wide concern? We will all have our own opinions but today is a victory for the fans in which I will personally thank Russell Westbrook.

Chevall Kanhai
Baseline Times NBA Contributor
@BaselineTimes