James Harden is named 2017-2018 NBA MVP

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Even on the night he received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, Houston Rockets star James Harden had to address what's likely to be a big offseason for his team. "Having all these great people all around me, great players".

"I felt like last year I should have won as well, so I didn't see a difference between last year and this year", he said backstage.

Corinne Gobert doesn't speak English and wasn't in attendance to witness her baby boy hold the trophy as she's back home in France, but Gobert thanked his mom immediately. He led the Rockets to a franchise-record 65 victories, which was also good for the top mark in the National Basketball Association.

Harden beat out competition from four-time MVP LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis. He was the league's leading scorer at 30.4 points per game and he was third in the league in assists, dishing out 8.8 helpers per contest. Unfortunately for him, his incredible playoff run didn't factor into the voting (since MVP is a regular-season award).

"I'm very excited for the future and proud to be representing the Jazz", Gobert said. However, Mitchell would finish behind Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and Rubio fell to Golden State's Kevin Durant.

Serbia vs Switzerland: We are ready for ‘hellish’ clash, Matic says
And that resurgence continues to grow game-by-game, as Mitrovic has now scored 18 goals in 26 games for club and country in 2018. Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic has vowed to keep up his side's high-tempo, physical approach that earned them a draw with Brazil.

The Warriors may have wound up winning titles in 2017 and 2018 without Durant, but signing the nine-time All-Star basically made them unstoppable.

Snyder was another finalist for Coach of the Year, but former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey, now coach of the Detroit Pistons, would win the award.

Harden's award will undoubtedly cause more debate to occur in the coming days due to James' similarly-incredible campaign.

"I think that as people evolve, and things are changing so much in the world with social media and whatnot, these people are young people who have families", Robertson said.

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