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    NBA to host televised award show June 26

    The National Basketball Players Association hosted a televised award show two years ago. It largely flopped, and the union announced its awards on social media last season.

    Now, the NBA is trying its hand at a televised award show.

    NBA release:

    The NBA announced today that the first-ever NBA Awards Show will take place in New York City on Monday, June 26, 2017. Televised exclusively by TNT, the show will feature current and former NBA players, coaches and celebrities.

    The league will honor the:

    Most Valuable Player
    Defensive Player of the Year
    Rookie of the Year
    Sixth Man Award
    Most Improved Player
    Coach of the Year
    As is, this is scheduled for after the Finals (beginning June 1 and ending by June 18) and after the draft (June 22). But when this idea was discussed a couple years ago, part of the plan was pushing back the draft and free agency.

    By June 26, most fans are celebrating a championship or already focused on the offseason. How many people will be excited about regular-season awards at that point?

    I’m not totally convinced this show will pay off, and the schedule is only part of the problem.

    In previous years, the league announced award winners one at a time early on various days throughout the conference playoffs. People debated the selection throughout the day. The player was honored at a press conference and/or before his game that night or a day or two later. Each award generated a ton of exposure for the league, and collectively, that exposure built over a long period of time.

    Now, that all gets folded into a single day.

    Maybe TNT paid enough for broadcast rights to justify the NBA’s choice. The league will certainly cash in more directly this way.

    But the risk of creating an apathy around the awards is high enough that I’m not totally convinced this is a wise move.

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    Drake to produce, host first NBA Awards Show this June

    The NBA saw the NHL and NFL do it to great success, plus if the NBA’s television partners can make a little money off it all the better.

    This year, the NBA’s postseason awards will be handed out June 26 at a first-time NBA Awards show, which you can watch from the comfort of your own home on TNT.

    And it will be hosted by Drake, who also will produce the show. You remember Drake as the unofficial host of last year’s Toronto All-Star Game, primarily the designated hugger when the players were introduced. He’s also the Raptors “global ambassador.” Oh, he also has a few fairly successful records, and is good friends with a host of elite NBA players. Who he will probably hug at the awards show.

    Drake dropped the knowledge that he would host the show while taking part in the podcast of another friend of his, Kentucky coach John Calipari. We would all kill for Drake’s contacts list. Here’s what Drake said, with a hat tip to SLAM for finding this and transcribing it.

    “I’m actually producing and hosting the first annual NBA Awards this year. I get to take the reigns on it.

    “The ESPYs let me do great things, and I thank them a lot for that. Usually award shows sometimes are a bit restricted. But they let me do a lot at the ESPYs, so we’ll just expand on that concept.

    “I love hosting. I love being in a room full of iconic, legendary people that I look up to and having that pressure of having to make them laugh and enjoy their evening.”

    As he noted, Drake hosted the ESPYs in 2014. If you watch the ESPYs, feel free to put in the comments section how he did. He also hosted Saturday Night Live twice, and he’s second behind Timberlake in the best combo host/musical guest rankings of recent years. He’s pretty good there.

    We’ll all be watching on the 26th and get to see how much he hesitates before calling out Russell Westbrook or James Harden for MVP.

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    Bill Russell to receive NBA’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

    The NBA is putting on a televised award show that will be highlighted by regular-season awards, like MVP and Rookie of the Year, few people seem to care about after months of playoff basketball. Even fewer will care after the draft.

    So, in an effort to drum up interest, the league is implementing fan-voted awards – and a lifetime achievement award.

    NBA release:

    The NBA and Turner today announced Bill Russell – a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and 11-time NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics – will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the first-ever NBA Awards on TNT, airing Monday, June 26, with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

    Among his numerous athletic achievements, Russell was the first player to win an Olympic Gold Medal, an NBA Championship and a college title. While playing at the University of San Francisco, he led his team to back-to-back championships (1955 and 1956). A civil rights pioneer, Russell became the first African American to coach a major professional sports team (1966) and win a championship when he guided the Celtics to back-to-back titles (1968 and 1969).

    One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Russell won five NBA MVP Awards, earned 12 NBA All-Star selections and left an indelible mark as a superb shotblocker who revolutionized NBA defensive concepts. The annual NBA Finals MVP Award is named in honor of Russell, an NBA Champion in all but two of his seasons as a player with Boston.

    I can’t think of a more deserving winner for this award that I hadn’t heard of until an hour ago.

    No matter the agenda behind the award, Russell is a true pioneer and worthy of the recognition. There’s not a wrong time to celebrate him.

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    Wow this is tomorrow.

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    Dreadful. What a disgusting innovation. Here's hoping it flops and MVPs can once again receive the award in front of their home fans, basking in glory, and other winners be announced when people still care.

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    I understand why they are putting it on now, after the finals and after the draft. There is a few days here where things are quiet before free agent frenzy. But while I did care 9 weeks ago, I have lost a lot of interest. Plus I hate the idea of making it an awards style show. if it were just a straight forward studio type show with announcement and quick interviews of winners with any flash, I might be interested.

    As it is, I will probably check it out just to see.

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    I'll be watching the Big3 instead.

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