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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Dončić is also only the fourth international player ever to win the honours in the 73-year history of the National Basketball Association (NBA), with Canada's Andrew Wiggins (2015) and Ben Simmons of Australia (2018) being the remaining two.The latest accolade for the 20-year-old comes after he won gold with Slovenia at the 2017 EuroBasket, and the European champion title with Spain's Real Madrid in 2018. He was also named the most valuable player (MVP) of the EuroLeague that year.After conquering Europe, Dončić was selected with the third pick in last year's NBA Draft to become a member of the rebuilding Dallas Mavericks, the team which won the championship in 2011 and which has been facing a decline since.The Slovenian played 72 games for the Texas team to establish himself as a de facto leader as the ageing superstar Dirk Nowitzki was bidding farewell from professional basketball. The Mavericks finished the season with a 33-49 record to miss out on a playoff … [Read more...] about Slovenia’s Dončić wins NBA Rookie of the Year honours
John Havlicek's legacy was built over 16 years with the Boston Celtics, eight of them as NBA champions, making him among the best to ever play the game. One play immortalized him forever. "Havlicek stole the ball! "Havlicek stole the ball!" Celtics radio announcer Johnny Most screamed, a moment that remains among the famous plays in NBA history. The Celtics said Havlicek died Thursday in Jupiter, Florida. He was 79. The cause of death wasn't immediately available. The Boston Globe said he had Parkinson's disease. Voted one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, Havlicek's steal of Hal Greer's inbounds pass helped the Celtics hold off Philadelphia in the 1965 Eastern Conference final. "John Havlicek is one of the most accomplished players in Boston Celtics history, and the face of many of the franchise's signature moments," the Celtics said in a statement. "He was a champion in every sense, and as we join his family, friends, and fans in mourning his loss, we are … [Read more...] about John Havlicek, Boston Celtics star, has died at 79
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?
After six months and 1,230 regular season games, a series of brilliant performances plus the enduring soap operas in Los Angeles and New York, the NBA Playoffs are upon us as the finest 16 teams in world basketball fight it out to be crowned champions. It may be the first time in 13 years that a LeBron James-led team have failed to reach the postseason, following a disastrous first year with the Lakers, but there is still lots to get excited about as the Golden State Warriors look to win a third title on the bounce. The Bristol Flyers are in the midst of their own push for the playoffs with just five games remaining and Andreas Kapoulas' team in 10th, a tantalising two points from a top-eight berth which will set them up for a run at the Finals at the O2 on May 19. We asked head coach Kapoulas plus Daniel Edozie and Lewis Champion to take some time out from training and offer their predictions for the NBA Playoffs which start on Saturday. Andreas Kapoulas - Head Coach Which player … [Read more...] about Bristol Flyers’ stars predict the NBA Playoffs