Kevin Durant congratulates Russell Westbrook on MVP award: 'Gotta respect it!'

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Kevin Durant congratulates Russell Westbrook on MVP award: 'Gotta respect it!'

"Huge congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP, that boy went out there and was a created player on [NBA 2K] all year, F--in balled out". Durant led the Warriors to the National Basketball Association title earlier this month.

Westbrook joined Durant as the only players in Thunder/Seattle SuperSonics history to be named NBA MVP.

The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard, who enjoyed a record-setting 2016/2017 season, was handed the prestigious title at the inaugural New York City ceremony on Monday night (26Jun17), and Taylor was among the first to heap praise on Westbrook, sending in a surprise video message.

The 28-year-old American was on a mission from the start of the season as he silenced critics who doubted whether he could thrive without Kevin Durant, who left the Thunder last July and won an National Basketball Association title with Golden State two weeks ago.

Durant also shouted out Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, Most Improved Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon, Coach of the Year Mike D'Antoni and MVP runner-up and former Thunder teammate James Harden in his note.

Among the night's other awards, Golden State forward Draymond Green, two weeks removed from winning his second National Basketball Association title in three years, was named the best defensive player. Anything is possible people, I see a very bright future for him and his teammate Giannis. She later acknowledged that the pair had never met. "You guys have been riding with me through the good games, the bad games, always there lifting me up, and I'm just so thankful for all the fans there, so thank you guys". Gotta respect it! Shoutout to Mike D'antoni, came back to the game and turned that franchise into a contender.

Westbrook is signed through the 2017-18 season and he has a player option for the 2018-19 season.

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