Harden wins first career NBA MVP award

James Harden stands onstage at “Imma Be a Star” Block Party at Audubon Middle School. More

Harden becomes the third ever Rocket to claim the award following Moses Malone (1979 and 1982) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1994).

The 79-year-old former guard who starred at Crispus Attucks High in Indianapolis and in college at Cincinnati before going to the National Basketball Association said it's time for players to speak out about politics and education, among other issues.

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. Houston general manager Daryl Morey was also named Executive of the Year. Oladipo beat out fellow finalists Clint Capela of the Rockets and Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets.

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The five-time All-Star earned first-team All-NBA honors for the second year in a row after finishing second in points per game (28.1) and player efficiency rating (28.98), while also coming in at fifth in rebounds (11.1) and first in blocks (2.6).

We have a new member of the Defensive Player of the Year club. Many felt Harden should have won both years, but last year's was especially questionable considering how a triple-double narrative overshadowed Harden's individual and team success.

Dwane Casey was crowned Coach of the Year after guiding the Toronto Raptors to first place in the Eastern Conference.

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Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year, while Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert won the Defensive Player of the Year award.

Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers took Sixth Man honors. He was hired as the new coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy.

"Do I want to do this again?'" Casey said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives birth to a baby girl
The baby, whose name has not yet been announced , was born on Thursday at Aukland City Hospital in New Zealand and weighs 7.3lbs. The PM follows former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto as the second world leader to give birth while in office.

Those facts were not lost on two-time MVP victor Stephen Curry, as he took to Instagram to wonder if the man who drafted those players for the Thunder, Sam Presti, was getting an MVP award too.

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