Russell Westbrook did what many thought was impossible in the 2016-17 NBA season and was rewarded Monday night with the league MVP award at the NBA Awards in New York City. The same can be said for James Harden and Kawhi Leonard, who finished just behind Westbrook this year.
Russell Westbrook has received a lot of praise in the wake of winning his first MVP award, but one former teammate's congratulatory message is sure to make plenty of news - Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors.
He made yet another history in the National Basketball Association as he hit a record high triple-double of 57 points, 11 assist and 13 rebounds in their game against Orlando Magic. He led the Rockets to 55 victories and a league record for 3-pointers this season.
" Obviously, it was an surprising season for me but without these guys and the rest of ours who are not here, nothing would be possible", Westbrook said.
"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".
Golden State's Draymond Green won the Defensive Player of the Year, ending Leonard's two-year run.
Also at the NBA Awards, Taylor Swift came out of hibernation (or rather, filmed a video from hibernation) to congratulate her number one fan on his MVP Award.
Houston's Mike D'Antoni was named Coach of the Year over San Antonio's Gregg Popovich and Miami's Erik Spoelstra. During that time, both developed into stars among the elite players in the National Basketball Association. "So that's why I'm part of your congratulations video, because we go back you know, what 20 years?"
"This is not an individual award".
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.