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NBA Awards – April 13, 2012

The Jerry West Award —  Klay Thompson  —  24 pts, 7 rebs, 8 asst, 5 FTM, 2 stl, 1 blk, 3 treys, and 8-17 shooting…Klay is the son of 1978 former #1 overall pick Mychal Thompson, who played to that draft status just 1 year (1982 — 20.8/11.7/4 dimes, 52.3% in 79 games), but was a solid F/C starter for Portland for many years before becoming a key reserve (over 20 min/gm) for the last two Laker title teams in the 80’s and a few years beyond that. He’s been on local talk-radio out here in L.A. for years, though now he’s off the air…one of those guys who’s always too happy, too positive, never a bad thing to say…it was mildly bothersome to hear him sometimes. Klay’s mom was a collegiate volleyball player, so athleticism was in the genes and sports was the life for this 6’7″ SG from Washington. He’s shown himself to be a legit NBA talent lately, given large minutes and a starting role in the wake of the Ellis trade. He’s averaged 17.6 pts/gm in his last 20 games since the trade, though his reb #’s (sub 3/gm) and dimes (barely 2) could use a boost. In other strong efforts last night, Greg Monroe had 25 (11-14), 11, & 4 dimes while Jason Kidd flashed back to his great years with a 9 pt, 10 reb, 12 asst, 3 stl, 2 blk, and 3 trey performance that you can only say ‘Bravo!’ to at the age of 39.
The Trajan Langdon Award — Derrick Rose  —  2 pts, 2 rebs, 8 asst, 0 FTM, 1 stl, 0 blk, 0 treys, and 1-13 shooting in 25 quite rough minutes…A buddy and I sat down at a bar for sushi with the TV just 8 feet away, yet ended up barely watching the game cuz my friend and I hadn’t hung out in a while…but I did see Rose’s only make, and it was his classic stop-n-pop jump shot that’s so pretty to watch, and reminds me so much of Marbury’s beautiful stop-n-pop – very smooth with solid elevation. You can kind of see Marbury’s here at the 1:45 mark…even though he missed it. This is his 1st meeting in the pros w/ Iverson…great highlights from both, a 2nd yr KG playing, and A.I. has no tats. Back to Rose, it’s been a rocky follow up to his MVP season, as Rose has missed 23 games, and shot 9-39 in the two games he’s played since missing his latest string of 12 games. His backup CJ Watson, earlier this year a Langdon winner, was the hero in regulation hitting a clutch 3 to tie the game with just over 2 seconds left on the clock (I also watched that). Wade missed a game-winner attempt, and Chicago dominated OT, 12-2. CJ ended up with 16 pts (6-10), 9 asst, and 3 stls.

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