Oscar Robertson wonders: 'Where are the white athletes?'

Houston Rockets guard James Harden beat out Le Bron James for 2017-18 NBA MVP

Houston Rockets guard James Harden beat out Le Bron James for 2017-18 NBA MVP

Houston Rockets point guard James Harden thanked his mother for being his "backbone" as he was crowned Most Valuable Player at the 2018 NBA Awards.

Russell Westbrook was named MVP ahead of the Houston star a year ago and Harden, 28, was taking nothing for granted despite being expected to land the award for the first time.

Anthony Davis was the third finalist for the award after a season in which he was second in the league in scoring with a career-high 28.1 points to go with a league-leading 2.6 blocks per game along with 11.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals and a career-high 2.3 assists. He's also the fourth player in league history to average 30 points per game on a 65-plus win team.

Robertson said he was happy to see LeBron James and other National Basketball Association stars take a stance on societal issues and called on white athletes to follow in their footsteps, according to ESPN.

Meanwhile, Australian Ben Simmons - of the Philadelphia 76ers - has won Rookie of the Year honours at the NBA Awards.

He beat out finalists Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Jayson Tatum of Boston.

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When the time comes to make a serious pitch to George, James or any other marquee free agent, Harden likely won't hesitate to do whatever he can to help improve the Rockets roster.

This Adidas commercial celebrating the MVP award, narrated by James Harden's mom, is pretty awesome. However, Casey was sacked after the Raptors' second consecutive second-round loss to James and the Cavaliers.

Daryl Morey of the Rockets earned the NBA's Executive of the Year Award after assembling a team that finished first in the Western Conference.

Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers took Sixth Man honors. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons. Casey also coached the Eastern Conference in this year's All-Star Game.

Robertson is the career leader in triple-doubles and was the first player to average one for a season.

Oscar "The Big O" Robertson poses in the press room with the lifetime achievement award at the NBA Awards.

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