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Exhale, Cleveland — your fine city is finally home to champions again.
The Cleveland Cavaliers just handed the Ohio city its first professional sports championship in 52 years, and Akron native LeBron James returned to personally deliver it — just as he promised.
In return, No. 23 was unanimously named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals — the third time he has been bestowed with such an honor.
The deciding Game 7 — a 93-89 clincher — was closer than the rest of the full-length series’ individual contests were to this point.
The Cavs are now the the first team in the history of the Finals to come all the way back from a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series and win the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
These NBA Finals — a rematch from 2015 — have been mired in controversy.
First, key Warriors player Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5 following an on-court altercation with James. The Oakland-area power forward appeared to possibly deliver a low-blow to the Cavs star in Game 4, an illegal and dirty move that Green has a history of performing.
Golden State star and reigning NBA regular season MVP Steph Curry was ejected from
Many — including Mrs. Curry — have accused the NBA of purposefully favoring underdog Cleveland to extend the series, thus making more money for the league and its partners. The home crowd at Golden State’s Oracle Arena loudly booed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during Sunday evening’s post-game trophy presentation.
Last year, the Warriors took six games to defeat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. That series was missing the then-injured Kyrie Irving, who played a big role in Cleveland’s postseason run this time around.
Golden State broke the regular-season NBA record for wins across 2015-16, netting 73 triumphs to just nine losses. Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls previously held the high-water mark, with 72 victories versus 10 losses.
James previously carried the Miami Heat to the same top podium — twice. He began his amazing career with the Cavs, before departing for South Beach. The so-called “Chosen One” and “King” came back to Cleveland for the 2014-15 season.
NBA’s Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green, who is also playing on the U.S. Olympic team, apologized Sunday for sharing a photo of his penis on the social media site Snapchat.
The Olympic team member posted the image on Sunday and said he realized his mistake right away.
“It was a situation where it was meant to be a private message,” Green said, according to ESPN.
“I kinda hit the wrong button and it sucks,” he went on to say. “It was meant to be private. We’re all one click away from placing something in the wrong place, and I suffered from that this morning.”
The photo was public for 10 minutes before being taken down.
In an apparent move to play off the unintended and explicit selfie, Green first indicated to this followers that his account was hacked:
But then he fessed up right before Team USA took the court for practice at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, revealing that he accidentally hit the wrong button on his phone.
Green’s social media gaffe quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, inspiring these choice tweets:
This isn’t the first time Green has found himself in hot water. Just this month, Green made a plea deal to avoid jail time and receive reduced the charges for allegedly slapping Michigan State University football player Jermaine Edmondson and for a noise violation, according to ESPN.
Hard foul or fake flop? That was the question Monday night during the Golden State Warriors/ Cleveland Cavaliers game when LeBron James took a dramatic fall to the floor after being fouled by rival Draymond Green.
James had the ball and was making a quick transition break when, mid-court, Green reached in to make a steal and they collided. Thrown backwards, James dropped.
The TNT color commentator noted, “This wasn’t that hard of a foul; it’s not going to end the world…. That’s just a regular foul.”
Seasoned announcer Marv Albert asked, “You’re indicating that LeBron may be play acting a little bit?”
Green made his opinion of that move known while referees reviewed the play — he walked over to the floor seats on the Warriors’ side of the arena and mocked James by flailing his arms around.
Check out the video above and decide for yourself.
The refs did call a flagrant foul, awarding James two free throws and the Cavs the ball.
The Cavaliers and Warriors have a history of clashes on the court, the most notable during last year’s Finals when Green swiped up at James’ groin area as James stepped over him. Green was suspended for the following game, and the Cavs went on to win three straight games and the championship.
NBA stars are competitive both on-and-off the court, as evidenced by the Instagram exchange between LeBron James and Draymond Green in the aftermath of the Golden State Warriors beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday.
Three days later, Warriors power forward Green showed up to the championship parade in Oakland, California, on Thursday sporting a snarky T-shirt, ESPN reported.
The offending article of clothing featured the logo for Quicken Loans — Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert’s company and the title sponsor for the team’s home arena — but with the text changed to “Quickie,” alongside an image of the Larry O’Brien Trophy, which the Warriors just won for the second time in three years.
Green told NBC Sports’ Bay Area affiliate that the pun is both a jab at the Cavaliers’ home court nickname — “The Q” — and a reminder of which team won the 2017 NBA championship. “We got them out of here quick with the trophy,” he added, referring to the 4-1 beat down in the seven-game series.
Not one to back down from a taunt, Cavs star LeBron James had a few jokes of his own to fire back at Green, reposting the same photo to his Instagram with the caption: “That’s what she said, HUH?!?!?”
James later posted a smooth-headed selfie, to which Green had a clever response:
It’s up to Instagram to decide who won this harmless but hilarious exchange.
And while it was the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers who faced off in the NBA Finals earlier this month, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrooked as the winner of the MVP Award at Monday’s NBA Awards.
Westbrook edged out James Harden and Kawhi Leonard for the honor, and followed in the footsteps of former teammate and current NBA Finals MVP, Kevin Durant.
Westbrook dedicated his award to his wife, Nina, telling her: “You’re the best wife a husband like me could ask for.” The college sweethearts welcomed their first son, Noah, in May. Westbrook also won the fan-voted Best Style Award.
After a somewhat boring regular season, predictable postseason and an explosive draft, the NBA Awards featured the league’s biggest stars and aired live on TNT from New York City Monday night.
Drake added even more star power to the night by hosting the show — and roasting many of the guests. Unfortunately for the rapper, however, none of his beloved Toronto Raptors players were in the running for the honors.
See the full list of nominees, with the winners in bold, below.
James Harden, Rockets
Russell Westbrook, Thunder *WINNER
Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
Rookie of the Year:
Malcolm Brogdon, Bucks *WINNER
Joel Embiid, 76ers
Dario Saric, 76ers
Sixth Man of the Year:
Eric Gordon, Rockets *WINNER
Andre Iguodala, Warriors
Lou Williams, Lakers/Rockets
Coach of the Year:
Mike D’Antoni, Rockets *WINNER
Gregg Popovich, Spurs
Erik Spoelstra, Heat
Most Improved Player:
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks *WINNER
Rudy Gobert, Jazz
Nikola Jokic, Nuggets
Defensive Player of the Year:
Rudy Gobert, Jazz
Draymond Green, Warriors *WINNER
Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
Sager Strong Award
Monty Williams, Spurs
NBA Lifetime Achievement Award
Bill Russell, Celtics
NBA Sportsmanship Award
Kemba Walker, Hornets
NBA Cares Community Assist Award
Isaiah Thomas, Celtics
NBA Hustle Award
Patrick Beverley, Rockets
Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year
Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks
Executive of the Year
Bob Myers, Warriors
Russell Westbrook, Thunder * WINNER
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers
Assist of the Year
Draymond Green and Stephen Curry, Warriors * WINNERS
Nikola Jokic, Nuggets
Chris Paul, LA Clippers
Block of the Year
Hassan Whiteside, Heat
Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks
Kawhi Leonard, Spurs * WINNER
Dunk of the Year
Larry Nance Jr., Lakers
Zach LaVine, Timberwolves
Victor Oladipo, Thunder * WINNER
Game Winner of the Year
Tyler Ulis, Suns
Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers
Russell Westbrook, Thunder * WINNER
Performance of the Year
Best single-game performance in the regular season
James Harden, Rockets
Devin Booker, Suns
Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Klay Thompson, Warriors * WINNER
Best Playoff Moment
Isaiah Thomas, Celtics
John Wall, Wizards
Kevin Durant, Warriors * WINNER
Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors held off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals on Monday. But the real gift went to ABC in the form of a ratings surge for Christmas Day NBA coverage. ESPN didn’t do too shabby either.
Overall, the Disney-owned networks’ four-game slate averaged a 3.9 household rating in metered markets — up 39 percent compared to last year’s five Christmas Day games, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen.
The 99-92 Warriors win was the fifth-highest rated early game (3 p.m. ET) in ABC’s history, pulling in a 5.5 rating. And it wasn’t just James versus Durant that had viewers tuning in. The Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder matchup was ABC’s highest-rated primetime game since 2003, with a 4.1 rating.
The tilt between the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers on ESPN was the network’s top 12 p.m. ET Christmas game since 2012, with a 2.4 rating. The World Wide Leader in Sports’ second game of the day, a Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics matchup, posted a 3.7 rating.
Overall, ABC was first in broadcast ratings for the night, with a 1.8 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 5.5 million.
Part of ABC and ESPN’s strong holiday numbers can be chalked up to compelling matchups, or the schedule working to its advantage since it fell on a Monday, the NBA had to deal with competition from just two NFL games. Last year, the NBA had a full day of NFL games on Christmas that split viewers.
Draymond Green poked LeBron James in the eye and got fouled twice for it Thursday night during Game One of the NBA Finals, but maybe he’s just mad after appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for another round of “Mean Tweets.”
You know the drill: Famous people read the cruel things people tweet about them. The NBA edition of “Mean Tweets,” commemorating the start of the NBA finals, featured past and current ballers, including Green.
Charles Barkley discovered he “has pancake t—–s,” to which Sir Charles replied “that’s not true. ‘Cause I would eat them.”
Meanwhile, from the current crop of NBA players, Timberwolves point guard Jimmy Butler learned he won one Twitter user’s “most hated player in the league award. Ugly f—–. What the f— is that on his head? He looks dirty as s—.”
The best moment came when someone impugned the manliness of Kobe Bryant, who learned he “looks like he crys (sic) to can I get a kiss from a rose by seal.” The song, of course, is “Kiss From a Rose” by English singer Seal, from the movie “Batman Forever.”
“Really?” Kobe said, who then did a pretty good Seal impression. “I’m not crying, but I will sing this s—,” he said.
And as for Draymond, he was told that his “jump shot is ALMOST as ugly as his face… Almost.” He countered that “it’s a damn good-looking jump shot,” but fortunately, he didn’t punch anyone in the junk.
Watch the whole clip above.
Poor Fergie can’t catch a break.
The singer’s much-maligned national anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game earlier this year is once again drawing laughs, with the Golden State Warriors dancing and chuckling to a new remix of Fergie’s performance — and it was all captured on Steph Curry’s Instagram Friday night.
The Warriors are clearly responding to Fergie’s ex-husband, Josh Duhamel, calling forward Draymond Green a “prick” during an interview Thursday. Duhamel recalled Green being caught on camera letting out a wry smile and laughing at the All-Star Game in February as Fergie wrapped up the anthem.
Duhamel, in an interview with Fox Sports’ Kristine Leahy, said if Green was a “real man” he would’ve called Fergie to apologize.
“I was pissed off at Draymond Green, first of all, I think he owed her an apology,” Duhamel said. “I thought he was kind of a prick, just because he knew the camera was on him and he snickered about it.”
— Kristine Leahy (@KristineLeahy) October 25, 2018
Green, in response, joined several teammates — including Curry, Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins — in clowning Fergie’s performance once again in the locker room skit.
The beef appears to be dead, however. Duhamel tweeted Friday night “note to self: Think twice before you call out the champs. Well played @Warriors #NBATwitterisnojoke.” Green followed up, responding “Hahaha it was never any disrespect to her… But the challenge about to be lit G!” Seems like everyone is back to being friends.
— Josh Duhamel (@joshduhamel) October 27, 2018