Russell Westbrook For MVP

Russell Westbrook For MVP

Westbrook deserves the NBA MVP.
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After an extraordinary regular season, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder have been eliminated from the playoffs. The Thunder was bumped in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Houston Rockets. Russell was only able to lead his team to one victory in the series. His stats, like in the regular season, were incredible. He managed to average a triple double with 37.4 points, 10.8 assists, and 11.8 rebounds per game. Even with these stats, Westbrook will be irrelevant in NBA until the NBA Awards Show rolls around in June. The show will finally answer THE question. Does Russell Westbrook’s incredible statistical season make him worthy of an MVP even if his team was bounced off the first round of the place?

The four top candidates are LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook. These four players have shown that they are MVP material by being the leaders of their teams. Without them, their teams would not be anywhere as successful as they currently are.

Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James fall into the same category. Their teams finished second in their respective conferences. Statistically, they are superior to their teammates. LeBron James leads his team in both points and assists. Hence, he is the playmaker for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is either scoring the points or is making the passes that lead to points. Kawhi leads his team in points per game and continues to distinguish himself as one of the best defenders in the league. His defense and ability to score are huge reason why the Spurs have been successful this year.

LeBron James finishes third and Kawhi Leonard finishes fourth. They do not win the MVP because of their supporting casts. LeBron has Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, and a strong bench. The Spurs follow suit. They have Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge in the post, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili as veteran leaders, and strong 3-point shooting. The Cavaliers and Spurs are strong overall teams. The overall environments make stars like Kawhi and LeBron flourish with ease.

The story for James Harden and Russell Westbrook are different than that for LeBron and Kawhi. James Harden and the Rockets lost Dwight Howard to free agency. The Thunder lost Kevin Durant in the same way. Most teams that lose star players like Durant and Howard collapse the following season. The Thunder and Rockets did not. They both managed to surpass their expectations. Why? Because of their star players. James Harden is the league leader in assists and second in points per game. He is making his shots and making the right passes for his team to win. His team is not even missing Dwight Howard as they finished third in the tough Western Conference. Russell Westbrook lost the 2014 NBA MVP and decided to take advantage of it. He is the first player to average a triple double since Oscar Robertson. Before Kevin Durant left, the Thunder already lacked talent. They have Steven Adams and Taj Gibson who can be good at times, but the rest of the teams are simply role players. The Thunder finished seventh in the Western Conference and lost to the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs.

Russell Westbrook is the MVP

Oscar Robertson averaged a triple double and did not win the MVP because of Wilt Chamberlin and Bill Russell were just dominating the league in the 1970s. Their stats in points and rebound were just extraordinary and their teams were winning championships. Westbrook does not have a team. He literally carried the Thunder through this season and into the playoffs. Russell almost had two 50-point games in the five games of the playoff series and average a triple double. Yet his team only managed to win one game in the series. He took a high quantity of shots and his shooting percentage was only .388 % from the field, but it was only because his team did not show up. They were missing free throws and key shots. Westbrook would go to the bench and his team would let leads slip away. Good teams do not do this. The Spurs, Rockets, and Cavaliers do not completely fall apart whenever their star players head to the bench. Russell Westbrook deserves the MVP and deserves a better team around him.

Cover Image Credit: Keith Allison

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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The Excitement Of The NBA Playoffs Without Lebron James

The NBA playoffs are among us and it is my favorite time of the year. The time for the NBA to shine is the playoffs, but this year's rating has seen a bit of decline.

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The NBA playoffs are a very exciting time for the typical NBA fan and I sure love nothing more than to kick back and watch the action. The excitement and the number of games on are unreal and they start one after another so every game can be watched without another one interfering with the other. The games have so much more than typical basketball and people are disappointed this year because Lebron James missed the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The last 14 years he has been dominating the NBA playoffs and this year was different so the ratings are plummeting.

The series are a best of 7 making it a long fun series of games with so much on the line. I have watched many of the games and highlights and have truly appreciated the greatness I am watching. The lower seeded teams have been doing well against the best teams and are giving them a run for the money. We have had a few fun blowout games that are interesting because you are seeing a team dominate the entire game and hit many great shots and make big plays. The good teams are still winning most of the games, but at least we have some close games that come down to the buzzer to make for great competition.

We then have young stars like Damian Lillard and Ben Simmons who have been giving us some amazing stat lines and leading their team to big first-round wins and both making huge highlights so far. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and James Harden have been the big stars having great games and contributing heavily to both their teams and the ratings to make the playoffs fun. Even without Lebron, these guys are still showing us how fun basketball is to watch and play.

The style of team basketball many of these guys are playing with is amazing to watch. I am all about teamwork and there is a new player doing something spectacular and having a standout game every night with the help of their team. The Los Angeles Clippers rallied for the biggest playoff comeback in NBA history by coming back from 31 down against the defending champions the Golden State Warriors. It is nice to see teams like the Clippers, Magic, and Pacers who do not have a standout star play great team basketball. These teams are losing most of their games, but they do not have the talent these other teams have. They are going out and playing well as a team every single night and working to make sure everyone is contributing on offense and defense to have a chance to win.

Damian Lillard even hit a buzzer beater to win the series over the Thunder the other night and it shows us how much of an impact one player can have on the whole game. The excitement of the upcoming free agency period is vastly hyped, but the current teams are so well set up for success that the next 2 rounds of the playoffs will be the ultimate tests for all teams to see who will play each other for the championship.

Everyone thinks the Warriors will once again host the NBA Larry O'Brien Trophy and be the top team in the league for the next year, but there are a few teams that have been quite impressive all season and have the momentum in their favor just as much as the defending champions. There will be plenty of big games to come and I am positive the players will put on a huge showing to make these playoffs memorable for all true NBA fans. Lebron is my favorite player of all time and I love watching him play especially in the finals for the title, but the ratings should still be high due to the great competitive game of basketball and the amazing moments we get to enjoy all throughout the playoffs. I encourage any basketball fan to tune in for these games and I promise you will not be disappointed with any of the games.

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