Back to Back MVPs for Giannis

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Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the 2019-2020 NBA Most Valuable Player for the second straight regular season.  Giannis led the Milwaukee Bucks to the best record in the league with a record of 56-17. He continues to put up great numbers on a yearly basis with averages 29.5 PPG (5th in the league), 13.6 RPG (2nd in the league), 5.6 APG, and a league leading 31.94 PER. 

As I mentioned previously, Giannis joins Michael Jordan (1987-1988) and fellow Nigerian Hakeem Olajuwon  (1993-1994) as the only players to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. Giannis received 85 out of 101 first place votes from a total of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.

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Bam’s Game Winning Block

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Bam Adebayo had one of the greatest blocks in NBA history last night to give the Miami Heat the victory over Boston Celtics during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. This played showed why Bam was on the the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

Arike Scores Career High 39 Points In Win

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Arike Ogunbowale scored a career high 39 points last night (12/24 FG, 4-6 3PT, 11-12 FT) leading the Dallas Wing to a 101-94 win over the Washington Mystics. This included the game tying 3-pointer that Arike made in the 4th quarter sending the game into OT. We all know from her collegiate days that Arike is one of the clutchest players in the league. There was no surprise when that shot went down. Arike is the current leading scorer in the WNBA averaging 22.2 PPG.

Nneka Shines in WNBA Season Opener

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The WNBA is officially back. The season opener was this past Saturday taking place in the bubble at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Nneka Ogwumike led the Los Angeles Sparks to a win in their opening game vs the Phoenix Mercury. The Sparks won 99-76. Nneka was perfect from the field scoring 21 points (8/8 FGM) while grabbing 7 rebounds. Looking forward to watching Nneka continue to shine on and off the court for the rest season. 

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Giannis Nigerian Inspired Shoes Released

Photography By O’shane Howard

The Nike Zoom Freak 2 “NAIJA” colorway released this past weekend. Were you able to cop? Besides the shoe itself, the one piece of content that I enjoyed was the photography in this campaign. Nike and Foot Locker Canada gave Nigerian-Canadian Creative Director, Josef Adamu the opportunity to produce and direct this shoot. The photography came out great and I hope more brands continue use creatives in the culture to tell these authentic stories.

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Spencer Dinwiddie To Play For Nigeria In Olympics

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One of the underrated news stories this month was the announcement that Brooklyn Nets star guard Spencer Dinwiddie is attempting to play for the Nigeria National Team in the upcoming Olympics in 2021. According to reports, Dinwiddie is acquiring a Nigerian passport to play for the D’Tigers. Dinwiddie did not get an invite to play for Team USA Olympic team, so he began to look for other options to make an Olympic appearance.  Dinwiddle would be joining the Nigeria team as a naturalized player similar to Serge Ibaka playing for Spain during the 2012 Olympics.

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