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NBA names regular-season MVP award after Michael Jordan
On Tuesday, the NBA unveiled six newly designed trophies named after NBA legends, including the Michael Jordan Trophy, which will be awarded to the league’s regular-season Most Valuable Player.
Below are the names of the awards and the newly designed trophies.
THE MICHAEL JORDAN TROPHY – NBA Most Valuable Player:
The league’s MVP will now be awarded with The Michael Jordan Trophy, bearing the name of the NBA legend widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. During his illustrious career, Jordan was named MVP five times.
The bronze trophy features a player breaking out of a rock to reach for the ultimate rock – a crystal basketball. From the bottom to its top, the patina of the trophy grows more burnished – “raw to refined” – signifying the MVP’s hard work and progression from entering the league to achieving the NBA’s greatest individual honor. The trophy’s reach symbolizes an MVP’s endless chase for greatness.
Additionally included throughout are subtle nods that pay tribute to the trophy’s namesake:
The trophy stands 23.6 inches tall and weighs 23.6 pounds, representing Jordan’s jersey number (23) and number of NBA championships (6).
Its five-sided base is a nod to Jordan’s five league MVPs.
The namesake badge is six-sided, a nod to Jordan’s six NBA championships.
The 15-degree angle of the base is a nod to Jordan’s 15-season career.
The crystal basketball consists of 23 points, a nod to Jordan’s jersey number.
The crystal basketball measures 1.23 inches in diameter, in reference to the singularity of the MVP and Jordan’s standout career.
THE JERRY WEST TROPHY –NBA Clutch Player of the Year:The NBA will introduce a new Performance Award at the end of the 2022-23 season, the NBA Clutch Player of the Year, with its recipient receiving The Jerry West Trophy.
Voted on by a media panel based on nominations from NBA head coaches, the award will honor the NBA player who best comes through for his teammates in the clutch.
Legendary Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn gave West the nickname “Mr. Clutch” for his extraordinary shooting at the end of close games. The trophy features an NBA player shooting a jump shot, modeled after West’s perfect form.
THE HAKEEM OLAJUWON TROPHY – Defensive Player of the Year:Defensive dominance helped define Hakeem Olajuwon’s Hall of Fame career. A two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection, Olajuwon is the league’s all-time leader in blocked shots and ranks ninth in steals. He is also a two-time NBA champion, 12-time NBA All-Star, league MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP, 12-time All-NBA Team selection and a member of the NBA’s 50th and 75th Anniversary Teams.
The trophy features a player in a classic defensive stance with one hand up and one down, knees bent and ready to move.
THE WILT CHAMBERLAIN TROPHY – NBA Rookie of the Year:
Wilt Chamberlain’s 1959-60 season is unmatched for an NBA rookie. Chamberlain averaged 37.6 points and 27.0 rebounds in 46.4 minutes per game for the Philadelphia Warriors, winning both the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards. His career highlights include two NBA championships, 13 NBA All-Star selections, four league MVPs, 10 All-NBA Team selections, an NBA Finals MVP and inclusion on the league’s 35th, 50th and 75th Anniversary Teams.
The trophy features a player palming two basketballs at once.
THE JOHN HAVLICEK TROPHY – NBA Sixth Man of the Year:John Havlicek starred in his role during his Hall of Fame career, excelling off the bench like no player before him. Havlicek came off the bench for the first seven seasons of his career and was an All-Star in four of those seasons. His career highlights include eight NBA championships, 13 NBA All-Star selections, 11 All-NBA Team selections, an NBA Finals MVP, eight NBA All-Defensive Team selections and inclusion on the league’s 35th, 50th and 75th Anniversary Teams.
The trophy features a player elevated and shooting a running jumper, symbolic of the boost provided by the player to his team.
THE GEORGE MIKAN TROPHY – NBA Most Improved Player of the Year:A layup and footwork exercise known as the “Mikan Drill” has been used for decades by players at all levels to improve their game. It is named for George Mikan, who mastered the fundamentals as the NBA’s first dominant big man. His Hall of Fame career included five NBA championships in seven seasons, four NBA All-Star selections, an NBA All-Star Game MVP, six selections to the All-NBA Team and inclusion on the NBA’s 25th, 35th, 50th and 75th Anniversary Teams.
Ex-Bull Hodges believes Scottie Pippen was just as good as Michael Jordan(VIDEO)
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen was maybe the greatest duo in NBA history. Together, they would win six NBA titles. Jordan never won a title without Pippen, and Pippen never won without Jordan.
Most would say Jordan was Batman, and Pippen was Robin, but according to former NBA player Craig Hodges, who won a championship with Bulls in 1992, Pippen was just as good as Jordan.
“I used to tell Scottie(Pippen) all the time that he was just as cold(good) as M.J.(Jordan),” Hodges recently told the Go4it podcast.
Listen below as Hodges talks Jordan and Pippen:
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Listen to Go4it! Guest: Ex-NBA player Craig Hodges
Ex-NBA player Craig Hodges joins the Go4it Podcast! According to Hodges, the NBA shouldn’t return. Hodges believes the NBA players can create their own league.
He discussed Kobe’s 81-point game, career, activism, Stephen A. Smith, and his belief that Scottie Pippen was just as good as Jordan.
“The Last Dance” was not good to Scottie Pippen(VIDEO)
“The Last Dance” documentary was fun, exciting, and riveting television. The documentary chronicled Michael Jordan and the Bulls’ Dynasty.
While Jordan looked reasonably good in the documentary, not everybody came out unscathed, especially Scottie Pippen. The Hall of Famer had some bad moments in the documentary. Whether it was Pippen getting surgery right before the 1997-98 season because he did not want to mess up his summer, or Pippen sitting out the final play against New York in the 1994 playoffs because the play was not called for him, Pippen did not look good.
Also, his contract was discussed in the documentary. He signed a below-market value deal back in 1991, and unfortunately for Pippen, the Bulls would not renegotiate his contract.
Now, reportedly, Pippen is upset about the documentary. We examine how Pippen looked in the documentary:
Pippen believes Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest of all-time(WATCH)
Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen keeps on flip-flopping. One day he’ll say Michael Jordan is the greatest of all-time, and then on another day, he’ll say LeBron James has surpassed Jordan.
Now, I guess he has finally made a choice, for now. Pippen believes someone other than Jordan and LeBron is the greatest of all-time:
“In my eye, Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest basketball player,” Pippen said on Friday. “But Michael and LeBron should never be compared. It’s almost like comparing Kareem to me. That wouldn’t be fair.”
This is Pippen we are talking about, so he could have a different answer by tomorrow!
Take a listen:
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— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) May 18, 2018
Iguodala compares Durant to Jordan; compares himself to Pippen(Watch)
Kevin Durant was cooking yesterday as he scored 38 pts, including 20 points in the 1st half as the Warriors dominated the Pelicans 118-92 in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Sunday. Warriors lead the series 3-1.
After the game, Durant’s teammate Andre Iguodala compared Durant to Jordan, and himself to Scottie Pippen.
Take a listen:
Iguodala game is similar to Pippen’s game, but he is not on Pip’s level. In terms of Durant, he can score the ball, but he’s not Jordan.
Scottie Pippen: ‘LeBron ain’t better than me until he gets six titles'(Watch)
Last week, Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen re-ignited the Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James debate. Pippen told ESPN’s First Take the following about James:
“When you look across the board, not just scoring. Check his(LeBron James) assists, check his rebounds, he’s probably ahead of Jordan.”
This week, Pippen put his name in the argument. Pippen told TMZ Sports the following:
“LeBron ain’t better than me until he gets six titles.”
Pippen won six NBA titles with Jordan and the Bulls.
Was he joking? Was he telling the truth?
You be the judge!
Take a listen:
Dwight Howard on Hornets: ‘Great coach, great GM, and the GOAT, so I think this is the perfect opportunity’
Dwight Howard went home to Atlanta last year after signing a three-year, $70.5 million deal, but after one season with the Hawks, the team wanted to go in a different direction. Howard, who was traded by the Hawks to the Hornets last week, will have an opportunity to be reunited with Hornets head coach Steve Clifford. As an assistant coach with the Magic and Lakers, Clifford worked with Howard for six seasons.
The Hornets introduced Howard today. The 31-year-old center will get another chance to prove the doubters wrong. Howard feels Charlotte is a great opportunity, and feels he has a lot left in the tank.
“I think I’m a lot healthier than I’ve been in the past five years. I think this is gonna be my best time,” Howard said.
“A lot of people always talk about the past, but I think I’m a lot wiser now, stronger, mentally and physically. I’m in the right place. Great coach, great GM, and the GOAT (Michael Jordan), so I think this is the perfect opportunity.”
Howard is not the same guy that Clifford coached in Orlando, but he still can be an effective player in the right situation. Howard is familiar with Steve Clifford, and averaged a double-double last season in Atlanta. Clifford told reporters last week that he believes Howard can still play at a high level. Plus, the Hornets really did not give up much up to get Howard. Charlotte reportedly wanted Howard last year before he signed with Atlanta.
This move is worth the risk for Jordan and the Hornets.
LaVar Ball: ‘Magic won in his first year as a rookie. That’s what Lonzo’s going to do. It took Jordan seven years’
Things are falling into place for LaVar Ball. From the beginning, he wanted Lonzo Ball to go to the Lakers. With the way things are going, Ball probably will be a Laker on Thursday night.
We all know LaVar likes to talk; he did a lot of talking to GQ Magazine. In the latest issue of the magazine, Ball had this to say about Lonzo and the Lakers:
“And don’t think he going to the NBA and be happy to be there. He’s going to murder people. I think he’ll be a Laker. The only dude who can talk to him is Magic. He’s going to put his arm around him and talk to him. Magic won in his first year—as a rookie. That’s what Lonzo’s going to do. It took Jordan seven years.”
Magic Johnson won a championship as a rookie. It took Jordan seven years to get a ring. Is LaVar saying that the Lakers will win a title next year?
You be the judge!