Greek basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP). Nicknamed the "Greek Freak", the 24-year-old Milwaukee Bucks player on Monday got 78 first-place votes, well ahead of the 23 received by fellow MVP finalist James Harden of the Houston Rockets. "Two, three years ago, I had the goal in my head, that goal [was] to be the best player in the league," a tearful Antetokounmpo said at the packed awards ceremony in Santa Monica, California. "I'm going to do whatever it takes to win and I'm going to win MVP. And every time I step on the floor, I think of my dad, and that motivates me to play harder and move forward when my body is sore," he said, referring to his late father whom he credits for his hard work ethic. Bucks General Manager John Horst said the recognition was the result of the player's hard work and dedication as well as his "grace on and off the court". Here are seven things to know about Antetokounmpo, the epitome … [Read more...] about Seven things to know about NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Borrowing from European football, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday his league should look at replacing the All-Star Game with an in-season knockout-style tournament and a shorter season schedule. The 57-year-old sports supremo, who has spent more than five years running the $9 billion league, told The Economic Club of Washington the move could create new excitement and solve some headaches. "In international soccer, they play for different cups throughout the year," Silver said in wide-ranging comments about the NBA. "I've said to our teams, maybe we should shorten the number of games and play a tournament during the season. "I'm only saying we have to look at other concepts." The NBA All-Star Game once offered greater national and leaguewide exposure and a rare uniting of greats in an era before US Olympic NBA squads and communications that allow anyone to watch any team from anywhere. But with teams and players wary of injuries in an exhibition, the game has evolved into a … [Read more...] about NBA boss Silver suggests knockout-style NBA tournament
With trade rumours swirling, Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams isn't looking beyond his Oklahoma City Thunder future, after another early playoff exit. Adams, 25, was reduced to a bench role for crucial periods of the 4-1 Western Conference first-round defeat, mainly due to match-up requirements. Portland employed a smaller line-up in the closing stages of games, with Thunder coach Billy Donovan choosing to follow suit by leaving his biggest starter on the sideline. But when he was on the court, the seven-foot (2.13m) centre, who averaged 11.8 points and 7.2 rebounds, also had his hands full against former teammate and off-court buddy Enes Kanter (13.2/10.2). George Berry: What now for Steven Adams' NBA future? Watch: The three-point dagger that sank Steven Adams 'Disappointing' Adams tipped for trade As fans and critics search for answers, Adams has become a target for blame, and he wasn't hiding his disappointment or providing any quick solutions. "The whole objective, right from the … [Read more...] about NBA: Kiwi star Steven Adams focused on future role with Oklahoma City Thunder
This Sunday, the NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina which means we're just two short months away from the end of the regular season. With the final round of games taking place on April 10, play-off games will begin just three days later on Saturday, April 13 . If you wish to watch the end-of-season action unfold, Sky Sports currently hold the rights to broadcast NBA games here in the UK. Games are often shown in the early hours of the morning, but other games - particularly weekend matches - are on at around 6pm UK time. To check out the packages Sky currently have available, go to www.sky.com/shop/sports If you would prefer to access Sky's services without being tied down to a fixed monthly contract, you can purchase Now TV Sports Passes that range between £5.99 and £33.99 a month. To find out more info, go to: www.nowtv.com/watch-sky-sports . You can also check out Sky's scheduled games at … [Read more...] about When are the NBA play-offs and where can you watch them on UK TV?
Date created : 28/03/2019 - 14:14 Paris will host a regular season NBA game for the first time next year when the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Charlotte Hornets, the league announced Thursday. French stars Tony Parker, a four-time NBA champion, and Nicolas Batum will lead the Hornets against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in the contest on January 24, 2020, at the AccorHotels Arena.It will mark the first appearance in France for the Bucks, who played a 2015 regular-season game in London, and the second game in Paris for the Hornets, who played in the French capital in a 1994 pre-season game against the Golden State Warriors.“The Charlotte Hornets are proud to have the opportunity to participate in the first NBA regular-season game in Paris,” Hornets owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan said.“Having played in the pre-season in France during my career, I witnessed first-hand the passion the French fans have for NBA basketball. We are excited to bring our team to … [Read more...] about Paris to host Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Hornets in NBA regular-season game