From a jokes by horde Peyton Manning to a stories of impulse by sports fans such as Jarrius Robertson, there were copiousness of smiles — and even some tears — during a 25th ESPYS on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
Many of a world’s best athletes packaged into a Microsoft Theater for a annual awards show, and by night’s end, some informed names took core stage.
One of them was Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, who was named best masculine athlete, adding to a NBA MVP prize he won in New York a few weeks ago.
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“I’m usually shamed to be on this theatre in a room full of good athletes,” Westbrook said. “I’m usually shamed and really thankful.”
Westbrook, who averaged a triple-double and pennyless Oscar Robertson’s record for many triple-doubles in a deteriorate with 42, perplexed a sports universe with his inhuman deteriorate in a arise of Kevin Durant‘s depart from a Thunder.
He led a joining in scoring (31.6), was third in assists (10.4) and was 10th in rebounds (10.7) per game. He also ranked initial in PER during 30.7 and carried a Thunder to a sixth seed in a Western Conference playoffs.
Westbrook was also nominated for best record-breaking opening and best NBA player.
Best championship performance
Durant prisoner his initial NBA pretension and Finals MVP prize final season, and his widespread run by a Finals warranted him a 2017 ESPY for best championship performance.
Durant led a Golden State Warriors to a pretension by averaging 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists with a .556 margin idea commission in a team’s five-game feat over a Cleveland Cavaliers. He capped a array with 39 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in Golden State’s title-clinching 129-120 win in Game 5.
He was usually a third actor given 1969 to win Finals MVP in his initial deteriorate with a team. His 35.2 points per diversion was simply a many in story by a actor who shot 50 percent from a floor, 40 percent from 3-point operation and 90 percent from a giveaway chuck line in an NBA Finals.
Durant assimilated a Warriors in one of a many debated moves in new NBA history, signing as a giveaway representative final summer after spending 9 seasons with a Oklahoma City Thunder, who hold a 3-1 array lead over a Warriors in a 2016 Western Conference finals before eventually losing.
Manning took a jaunty poke during Durant’s pierce during his opening monologue, mentioning a gold-medal-winning U.S. women’s gymnastics group and joking, “Our gymnastics group was so widespread that Kevin Durant told me that he wants to play for them subsequent year.”
Durant sat stone-faced as Manning continued, “And we gotta tell you, we don’t consider you’d start for that team, Kevin.”
Durant’s prevalence in a Finals also helped his Warriors win a ESPY for best team.
“Right now we demeanour like a many ideally assembled 3-on-3 team,” Curry pronounced jokingly. “But we have 12 other guys who apparently helped us grasp this award.
“It was an unimaginable year. A lot of sound and hype around us in a commencement of a season, though we attempted to keep a conduct down and concentration on a process, and 9 months later, we got another ‘ship.”
Golden State’s Game 5 feat in a Finals finished a 16-1 run by a playoffs. The team’s usually postseason detriment came in Game 4 in Cleveland.
The Warriors prisoner their second pretension in 3 seasons.
The Cubs’ stirring seven-game World Series feat over a Cleveland Indians, that finished a 108-year pretension drought, took a ESPY for best moment.
Longtime Cubs fan Bill Murray supposed a endowment on a team’s behalf, popping open a integrate of bottles of champagne while on theatre with former Cubs actor David Ross and actor and associate Cubs fan Nick Offerman.
“This was truly a best impulse of all time — ever,” Offerman deadpanned.
“108 years of watchful is frequency a moment,” Murray pronounced before fixing a prolonged list of former Cubs players from via a pretension drought.
The Cubs’ Game 7 feat came with copiousness of drama, including an extra-inning sleet check and a thespian eighth inning in that a Indians tied a measure after trailing 6-3.
Manager Joe Maddon’s group halted a longest widen but a pretension in ball while also apropos a initial bar to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit.
Best womanlike athlete
American gymnast Simone Biles’ record-tying 4 bullion medals during a Rio Olympics propelled her to stardom and warranted her a ESPY for best womanlike athlete.
Biles kick out swimmer Katie Ledecky, WNBA star Candace Parker and tennis star Serena Williams for a honor.
“Ever given Rio it has been an extraordinary year,” Biles said, “and a best partial of all has been assembly all a immature people who demeanour adult to all a athletes in this room.”
Biles won bullion in a particular all-around, safe and building practice as good as a group bullion to go with a bronze endowment on a change lamp in Rio.
She is one of usually 4 women, and a initial American, to win 4 golds in a singular Olympics. She was also a initial women’s gymnast to lift a dwindle for a United States during a shutting ceremony.
Best breakthrough athlete
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott‘s duration arise from fourth-round breeze collect to NFL Offensive Rookie of a Year landed him a best breakthrough contestant award.
“I’ve got to appreciate my teammates,” Prescott pronounced after receiving a award. “All those good vets that authorised me to come in as a rookie and usually take over a group and propelled me to do so.”
Thrust into a starter’s purpose after Tony Romo was harmed in a preseason, Prescott was an evident strike in his initial NFL season, earning a Pro Bowl preference in further to winning tip rookie honors.
Prescott tied an NFL record for a rookie quarterback with 13 wins, including 11 straight, and led a Cowboys to an NFC East title. He had 23 touchdown passes and usually 4 interceptions while environment a group record for a quarterback with 6 rushing touchdowns.
He was a Cowboys’ initial descent rookie of a year given Hall of Fame using behind Emmitt Smith.
The New England Patriots’ ancestral quip opposite a Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI was awarded a ESPY for best game.
The Patriots trailed by 25 points in a third entertain before rallying to win 34-28 in overtime to finish a biggest quip in Super Bowl history. No group had ever done adult some-more than a 10-point necessity to win a Super Bowl.
Tom Brady led a Patriots on 5 true scoring drives as a group scored 31 true points. It was a initial overtime in a Super Bowl’s 51-year history.
Patriots far-reaching receiver Julian Edelman used a impulse to moment a fun during Manning’s expense. After asserting that Manning was “killing it” on his horde duties, Edelman quipped, “We are indoors, though” — a anxiety to Manning’s cold-weather struggles during his personification days.
Jimmy V Perseverance Award
Jarrius Robertson, a charismatic 15-year-old whose conflict with a singular liver illness desirous fans and athletes alike, was a leader of a Jimmy V Perseverance Award.
Robertson was given a endowment for a strength and bravery he displayed while battling biliary atresia, a illness that affects a bile ducts, commencement during infancy.
“I have been doing things that we never suspicion we could do before,” Robertson said.
A constant fan of a LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints, Robertson thanked a NFL group for “giving me a height for doing what we do best — being myself.”
Earlier Wednesday, Saints owners Tom Benson and his wife, Gayle, pronounced they donated $25,000 to assistance with Robertson’s medical costs. That volume will be matched by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully was this year’s target of a Icon Award.
Scully, who late final year after a 67-year run in a Dodgers’ booth, was presented a endowment by actor and L.A. local Bryan Cranston, who flew from New York to deliver Scully.
“I don’t have a relations in a universe that would do that for me,” Scully joked.
Scully was a voice of a Dodgers from 1958 to 2016, a longest run by any sportscaster with a singular club.
Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Special Olympics owner Eunice Kennedy Shriver was posthumously respected with a Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
Former initial lady Michelle Obama presented Shriver’s son, Timothy Shriver, with a award.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver died in 2009. Obama called her “a conspicuous woman, a lady who believed that everybody has something to minister and everybody deserves a chance.”
Timothy Shriver chairs a Special Olympics, that his mom founded in a late 1960s to assistance commission people with egghead disabilities.
“Our mom would have desired you,” he pronounced of Obama. “She would have desired your forthrightness, your honesty, your toughness, your joining also to get everybody on a personification field. She would have been so respected that we are here for her tonight as we all are.”
The bravery endowment is given annually to someone who embodies a suggestion of the namesake, tennis fable and longtime tellurian rights supporter Arthur Ashe.
ESPN’s Royce Young contributed to this report.
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