May 9 JOKIC SNAGS BACK-TO-BACK MVPS
Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic has been named the NBA Most Valuable Player, according to reports from ESPN Monday morning. Beating 76ers center Joel Embiid and Bucks striker Giannis Antikonmo for the award.
Jokić, 27, averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 7.9 assists in a 58.3 percent shot. The Serbian original 6-11 placed sixth in the league in scoring, second in rebounds, and third in assists while becoming the first player in league history to score at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a single season.
He led Jokić Nuggets to a record 48-34 this season and is ranked sixth in the playoffs. Denver drew in the first round with the Golden State Warriors, who proved too much for Jokic and Co. in an easy 4-1 win.
However, despite being the defensive center of attention for the Warriors, the MVP averaged 31 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 5.8 assists in a series loss.
He is now part of an embellished roster of players to win the MVP award in successive seasons, joining Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Antetokounmue, Wilt Chamberlain, Steve Nash, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bale Russell, and Tottenham legend Tim Duncan.
Jokić and Nuggets swept the season series with Knicks this season. In a threefold effort in an overtime win against the Clippers on January 19, he scored a season-high 49 points to match 14 assists, 10 rebounds and three shots in a 16-25 shootout.
May 8 Kings hired Mike Brown Hire Sacramento Kings Mike Brown to become the franchise’s next head coach on Sunday night.
The Kings sacked coach Luke Walton during the season and appointed Alvin Gentry as interim coach.
Brown, 52, coached the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005-2010 and 2013-2014 while coaching the Los Angeles Lakers from 2011 to 2012.
May 6 missile plan in NO. 1 The Houston Rockets have a great chance of taking the top 3 picks in the NBA Lottery on May 17th. Here’s the potential plan from our SI-backed gang in Houston.
MAY 6 MAGIC TO NFL? NBA legend Magic Johnson is entering the massive field of big-name nominees in bids for property in the Denver Broncos, according to Sportico, joining the bidding pool led by Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Josh Harris.
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May 6 KEMBA TRADE FOR BROGDON? Malcolm Brogdon can perform an attack and can shoot from the ocean. He can even upgrade New York’s defense.
What is the cost of this swap? There is a suggestion here that has the Knicks getting Brogdon in exchange Kimba Walker, Alec Burkes and the first all-rounder.
May 5 Cold Hand Luca, Spicy Draymond The NBA announced Thursday that it has imposed a $25,000 fine on Warriors player Draymond Green for flirting with fans in Memphis during Tuesday’s Western Conference elimination game.
When the Golden State forward walked into the locker room in the first quarter on Tuesday night in order to get stitches for a right eye laceration, he raised two middle fingers in response to the boos from the fans. And after the match…
“You’re going to boo someone who’s elbowed in the eye with blood on their face, you should flip,” Green said. “I’ll take the fine. I’ll make a look and make up the money. It felt really good to turn them around… If they’re going to get that much, I’ll be bad too.” m assuming the cheers were because they knew I would be fined. Awesome, I make $25 million a year. I should be fine. “
Fine. And fine.
The playoffs in the NBA are physical. Ask the Dallas Maves’ Luka Doncic, who is averaging 40 points per game against the Suns, who is leading 2-0 as he tries to beat Doncic, who has a responsibility – despite his representative at a crossroads with the referees – being Cool Hand Luka when it comes to The command with T’s.
May 4 TYTY TIME Tankathon made his latest mock up and the Knicks added Kentucky State’s point guard with the 11th pick overall – TyTy Washington. Logical? I read here.
May 3, what does the DONOVAN deal look like? So what exactly does Utah’s Donovan Mitchell of Utah’s possible trade package look like? Most purchases for young star players include a mix of picks, young odds, or other winning lots depending on the amount of rebuilding planned. This is what we think…
May 3: Return of an elephant? Phil Jackson, 76, is no longer the coach. But the former New York Knicks player’s career, and certainly as a head coach, makes him uniquely qualified to assist in the Lakers’ search…
And perhaps his relationship with Jenny Boss, a prominent member of the Lakers royal family, would also make fit.
May 2 Bronson Hitch The New York Knicks won’t get the help of the Dallas Mavericks if they want to sign and trade Galen Bronson. The view from MAFZ’s side is here.