Today’s young stars hit the red carpet alongside Hall of Fame legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Charles Barkley and Bill Walton.
Shaq was the host for the evening that also included Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo taking home MVP honors, his coach Mike Budenholzer receiving “Coach of the Year” honors and Bucks’ GM Jon Hurst awarded “Executive of the Year.”
Four of the night’s major awards went to international players, which reminds us of the NBA’s global dominance. Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam (a native of Cameroon) won the NBA’s Most Improved Player, Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (Slovenia) was awarded “Rookie of the Year,” and Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert (France) won his second Defensive Player of the Year award. Clippers guard Lou Williams received “Sixth Man of the Year” honors for the third time.
Legendary rivals Larry Bird and Magic Johnson received the Lifetime Achievement award, and Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts was honored with the Sager Strong award.
EURweb’s Jill Munroe was on the red carpet and spoke with Bleacher Report anchor Taylor Rooks, Washington Wizards guard John Wall, Shaq’s oldest son Shareef O’Neal, Sacramento Kings star De’Aaron Fox, Memphis Grizzlies’ Jarren Jackson Jr., NBA analyst Jimmy Jackson, former Philadelphia Eagles star Donovan McNabb and the 2019 Teammate of the Year, Mike Conley Jr. about fashion, the 2019 NBA season and Shaq’s platinum plaques.
Conley was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Utah Jazz last week. We talked to him about what it means to head west to a new franchise.
“I’m really excited to be a part of that organization and those players seem to be very excited that I’m coming on board and I’m going to do what I can to help them grow.”