The Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon was named the 2017 Rookie of the Year at the NBA awards show Monday night, defeating Joel Embiid and Dario Sarc in the process.
The result was unfortunately inevitable, but the internet did not react kindly to the news.
fuck I just got viscerally mad that Embiid didn't win ROY ... The NBA Awards are back!!!!!!!— Nathaniel Friedman (@freedarko) June 27, 2017
Smh!!!!!— Robert Covington (@Holla_At_Rob33) June 27, 2017
Congratulations to Malcolm. If I had a vote (as I did two years ago when team broadcasters were able to) I would have voted for @JoelEmbiid— Molly Sullivan (@MSullivanFrench) June 27, 2017
Here’s what else happened on Monday:
Dario looked dapper at the NBA awards
Also joining them on the All-Rookie First team were Brogdon, Buddy Hield and Willy Hernangomez. For the people who voted for Embiid to be on the second team, shame on you.
Notably left off both All-Defensive teams was Boston’s Avery Bradley, which drew the ire of many NBA players.
This story came out of the blue. Anthony’s reasoning behind a possible move to Philadelphia seemed solely for the purpose of staying close to his family in New York and nothing else. It’s very unlikely anything ever comes of this. Anthony makes no sense for this team as currently constructed.
Hopefully Phil Jackson will liberate him from his contract, and the Banana Boat Gang (minus Chris Paul) can begin their migration to Cleveland.
Both Ainge and Hinkie have been highly successful in their way. Both played the long game past the point most franchises would dare, and both have provided enviable, if uncertain, futures. Not surprisingly, they each have their share of devoted followers and strident critics.
That Hinkie wasn’t around to see this through is a shame because their team’s roles were suddenly reversed by their draft-week trade. Under the guidance of general manager Bryan Colangelo, the Sixers made a move for the present by dipping into Hinkie’s treasured vault of assets. Ainge, meanwhile, made the decidedly Hinkiean call to use his pick to enrich the future.
The great Lee Jenkins sat down with Allen Iverson for a long-form story on his life. Perhaps the best part? A.I. watches his own highlights on YouTube. So do we, Allen. So do we.
The biggest move on the first day of free agency might be Woj bouncing from Yahoo to ESPN. Business Insider says that Woj is most likely bringing the entire The Vertical team with him, which would officially make ESPN the best source for basketball news on the planet. We’ll see if the Worldwide Leader decides to put some of his work behind a paywall.
The Wolves have been trying to move Ricky Rubio for the last couple years, but this report doesn’t come as much of a surprise. I do question the logic behind a possible deal, however. Rubio’s (somehow) only 26, making a pretty team friendly $14 million a year for the next two years and the Timberwolves just moved on from Kris Dunn. If Reggie Jackson’s the best they can get in return, then maybe it’s worth holding onto him for the time being.
LaVar Ball had a ridiculous appearance on Monday Night RAW
Aaaaaand then he went shirtless...
"Big Baller Brand trash!!!"— Legends (@LegendsofCH) June 27, 2017
LaVar Ball: pic.twitter.com/OOypgFGKT2
I gotta say, if you’re wiling to embrace LaVar for how ridiculous he is, he can be kind of fun. Perhaps this is the first of many WWE appearances.