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The 2017 Press Basketball Awards

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Welcome to the inaugural Press Awards, created by the people, for the people.

There’s no red carpet or glitz and glamor here. Just some trophies that make actual damn sense.

Our awards are based on the entire basketball season, so that includes the Olympics, the regular season, and the playoffs combined.

We had a panel of 12 Press Basketball staff members vote anonymously on each award, and the results were surprising, entertaining, and insightful.

We gave out seven awards this season, with each award video narrated by a member of our team along with a montage by Andrew Hamilton.

Enjoy this. It’s our gift to you:

NBA Legacy Award

This was our fan award where NBA Twitter decided which player cemented their legacy in the history books and NBA lore most this season. Nominees were Kevin Durant, James Harden, LeBron James, and Russell Westbrook. Narrated by Press’ Director of Operations, Andrew Hamilton:

No Country For Old Men Award

This award is dedicated to the old gunslingers of the NBA; the grey haired cowboys still out on the range. Inspired by the ongoing writing series of the same name. Nominees were Vince Carter, Manu Ginobili, Joe Johnson, and Dirk Nowitzki. Narrated by Press’ Editor-in-Chief, Marc Griffin:

NBA Rising Star Award

There is more young talent in the NBA today than we’ve seen since the days of Michael, Charles, and Mailman. We had to pin it down to the best young guy under 25. Nominees were Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic, Kristaps Porzingis, and Karl-Anthony Towns. Narrated by Press’ Executive Producer, Phil Boileau:

Best NBA Surprise Award

A lot of shocking and completely out-of-left-field things happened in the league this year. Nominees include Kevin Durant signing with Golden State, Mike D’Antoni’s three-point revolution in Houston, the late bloomer Isaiah Thomas, and the birth of Nikola Jokic. Narrated by Press’ Content Curator, Ryan Antonio Henry:

Best Basketball Player On The Planet Award

No more confusion and debate on what exactly an “MVP” is. We get to the heart of the matter. The nominees were Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Kawhi Leonard. Narrated by Press Writer and Editor, John Gaudes:

Best NBA Journalist Award

This is a very prestigious award where we decided not to have a list of nominees. We left the field wide open and our 12 judges put down the name of whoever the hell they wanted. Surprisingly, there was only person who received more than one vote; in fact, our winner had five total. Narrated by Press Editor and Writer, Joshua Howe:

Sons Of Naismith Award

Our NCAA award named after the Canadian who invented basketball and who coached the college game for many a moon. The nominees were Lonzo Ball, Frank Mason, Caleb Swanigan, and Nigel Williams-Goss. Narrated by Press’ Sons Of Naismith columnist, Eric Fawcett:

Thank you all once again for being part of our rookie season. We appreciate everything you’ve done to cheer us on. For the people, by the people.

Old school. New media.

Forever yours,

Marc Griffin & Joshua Howe

Marc is a Montreal-based writer and filmmaker. His work has appeared on NBA.com, Sole Shift Magazine, and Sportsnet. Marc is co-founder of Hoops Lounge, the oldest weekly basketball show in Canada. He was the only Canadian media covering the FIBA World Cup in Spain. Marc enjoys travel, indie films, Pistol Pete montages, and always believing in Kawhi Leonard.

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Ride The Wave

Back in October the sky was the limit. LeBron had decided to move to LA and join the Lakers. Things were good then.

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Back in October the sky was the limit. LeBron had decided to move to LA and join the Lakers, drawing in a decent support team and a lot of talk that the West was looking incredibly dominant next to a “weaker” East. Things were good then.

Five months later and things couldn’t be farther from that idylistic picture. The East thrived without the King and GMs put together some of the most noteworthy teams in a while. And the Lakers? The Lakers currently sit in the 11th spot of the Western Conference with very little hope of making it to the playoffs. They’re a team that is constantly attacked for their lack of chemistry, skill, and effort. For the first time in a long time, LA became synonymous with “hopeless”.

This wasn’t the future we saw for the King.

On the heels of a night filled with one of his greatest achievements ever, the Lakers as a team walked away with a loss to the Denver Nuggets. A night that began on a high note went out on one that was equivalent to sour candy. Furthermore, a frustrated team left an arena, hopped on social media, and found a bevy of congrats for their star player, while enduring the storm that came with another Lakers loss.

It seems that James’ stardom has reached a tipping point, one that makes him a GM one moment, the King of the league the next, and finally the biggest point of contention within the locker room. The most notable thing is that it is clearly wearing him down. Chris Martin let us know that “nobody one said it was easy”, but you’ve got to ask yourself, does it have to be so hard?

The answer is unfortunately, yes. It’s always going to be this way, and there is no fighting the current, but there is beauty in riding the wave. Embracing that moment when the wave comes crashing down on you is important, because it’s always going to happen, but your attitude will always be remembered. LeBron rides high, and keeps things in the positive light for the media, but he’s got to realize that they are writing his story, and he doesn’t have to play into their’s. Ride the wave, and take the loss in stride with all the great that has come with it, but take the loss because your part of a team that is.

The wave has crashed down, but the current will bring another.

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Year 15 | A Mini Documentary

Year 15 of a legacy…

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What’s to come for the man on top, and what got him here?

It’s Year 15 of a man’s career, but it’s also Year 15 of a legacy…

Created by Tristan Laughton | Twitter: @Ctrice

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Something Out of Nothing

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It’s March 2016, and I’m driving with Alan Shane Lewis to Montreal to meet with Marc Griffin and Phil Boileau. We’re meeting to speak about this exciting new idea I pitched to them. We were tired of spinning the wheels on our own individual internet shows, and I told them that it was time we stopped waiting for a network and became the network.

We spoke that weekend about creating a community of content creators that all loved ball and came together to make unique content with unique voices – voices we felt were never heard in the mainstream. This community was the base of Press and we’d continue to push forward from that spot. We spoke about some amazing show ideas, article ideas, social media plan. It was truly an exciting time, and still one of the best weekends of my life.

Two years later and that group is a lot smaller, and that idea is Press Basketball.

It caught fire at the beginning and we had people joining our bright shiny new plaything left, right, and center. It was exciting, but now I kind of realize that a lot of it was just that we were that “bright shiny new thing”.

We ended up with a lot of Press Basketball “members” but when I stepped back and looked at what was happening… it wasn’t what I’d imagined. The fire burned out. The idea was gone. We had just become another thing trying to stay alive, waiting for some deus ex machina to show up with money and make everything okay.

I’ve gone through most of my life making something out of nothing. It’s never easy, but when it happens it’s always worth it… ALWAYS. Press made me feel alive at a point. It was literally all I could think about, and while it still is on my mind, it doesn’t make me feel alive. This hurts more than I can ever explain.

Changes are coming my friends. We’re not laying down and dying, and if we do it’s not going to be like this.

The core of Press will be setting fire to a lot over the next few weeks and I personally can’t wait for this to start. From the ashes something new will rise (I watched a lot of XMEN growing up).

Stay tuned, because it’s not over.

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