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Best things from NBA awards show: Bill Russell flips the bird, James Harden jokes

Bill Russell

Bill Russell arrives at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

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Most of Monday night’s NBA Awards show was without passion or drama. We had a good sense of who would win most of the awards — James Harden was a lock for MVP, for example — and pair with that a friendly crowd of peers in the audience and you get acceptance speeches which largely just felt rehearsed. There was Kevin Durant in tears thanking his mom kind of outpouring of emotions, no crowds of fans cheering a player as he got his award before a playoff game. It was mostly just a little flat.

But there were moments.

Like when NBA legend Bill Russell flipped off Charles Barkley on camera — then doubled down on it on Twitter.

Host Anthony Anderson did his best, and he had maybe the funniest moment of the night when he took a little shot at Harden’s defense.

Even Chris Paul thought that was funny.

I don’t even know what to say about James Harden’s jacket.