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MANILA, Philippines – Russell Westbrook told himself he wasn't going to cry.
But he did.
After being named the 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player, Oklahoma City's Westbrook broke into tears while thanking all the people who have been part of his journey.
Westbrook, who had a historic season after being the second player in NBA history to end an entire season with a triple-double average, received the coveted award on Monday, June 26 (Tuesday, June 27, Manila time) at the inaugural NBA Awards show in New York.
The 28-year-old slasher Westbrook bested fellow finalists James Harden of Houston and Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio to claim the season MVP award for the first time.
OKC's star pointguard thanked his teammates and called them to the stage to join him, his parents, and all the crew behind the Thunders team.
He also took the time to thank members of the media who voted for him, and his fans.
When Westbrook mentioned his brother, he couldn't contain his emotions as he shared he was his role model.
Though it wasn't as controversial as Kevin Durant's "You are the real MVP" speech back in 2014, Westbrook's was still sincere and heartwarming.