The NBA held its inaugural awards show to hand out the 2016-17 season hardware, highlighted by Russell Westbrook winning his first career MVP.
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Seventy-five days after the final game of the 2016-17 NBA regular season, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has been crowned the league’s Most Valuable Player, winning the award over Houston Rockets guard James Harden and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.
To commemorate Westbrook’s historic, triple-double-filled campaign, we take a look back at some of the most memorable moments of his season.
5. The commercial
The date: October 26, 2016
The moment: Westbrook appeared in a Jordan Brand commercial dancing to Lil Uzi Vert’s song “Do What I Want.”
The significance: The ad, which was perceived by most as a not-so-subtle jab at Kevin Durant for leaving Oklahoma City for Golden State three months earlier, quickly made its rounds on social media. Little did we know that Westbrook would, in fact, spend the next six months doing exactly what he wants.
4. The reminder