Warriors Win Big As Stephen Curry Becomes 2nd NBA Player to Host The ESPYs
After hosting the 2016 ESPYs, Stephen Curry is set to host this year’s edition as well. The four-time NBA champion, two-time MVP, and Finals MVP are up for three ESPY awards. In addition to hosting, he is nominated for Best Player, Comeback Athlete, and Best Team. Klay Thompson should win the comeback athlete category.
Klay Thompson wins Jimmy V Award for Perseverance
ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale took home the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance after a seven-month battle with cancer. Survivors of the disease were honored with the award, and Vitale’s speech was inspirational. In 1993, his best friend Jim Valvano lost his battle with cancer and gave the ESPYs’ most famous speech. Dick Vitale went on to win the award and has been a part of the organization’s annual gala for 17 years.
In his speech, Jimmy Vitale encouraged the audience to donate to the V Foundation, which raises money for cancer research. He also reminded those in the audience to pursue their dreams, no matter how big or small they may be. While the crowd applauded Klay Thompson for his accomplishments, they were moved by his story. For many, this award symbolizes the courage of a sports star who is determined to overcome adversity to become the best he can be.
The 2022 ESPYs will air on ABC on July 20. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will host the show. Dick Vitale will accept the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. In October, he was diagnosed with lymphoma but returned to the airwaves. He recently completed chemotherapy treatments. Dick is originally from Passaic, New Jersey, and attended Seton Hall.
Klay Thompson wins best comeback athlete
Klay Thompson, a basketball player who underwent knee surgery in January 2019, won the Best Comeback Athlete award at the ESPYs. Though the award was intended for Trey Mancini, who fought cancer for years, Thompson stepped in to win it for the Orioles. Mancini returned to the NBA in 2021, after missing two years due to injuries.
The ESPYs celebrate sports and provide a platform for athletes and teams to promote their cause. This year, Stephen Curry hosted the show while accepting Best NBA Player and Best Record-Breaking Performance awards. Klay Thompson took home Best Comeback Athlete in the ESPYs. An event is a social event that raises money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded by ESPN and late basketball coach Jim Valvano.
Klay Thompson had two major injuries this season. The first injury occurred in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, while the second happened during a regular workout. After his second injury, the Warriors expected him to return in the 2020-21 season. Eventually, he did return and helped the Warriors reach the NBA Finals. They beat the Boston Celtics in six games. While Klay Thompson’s comeback is not without controversy, his success will inspire many others.
Stephen Curry addresses WNBA star, Brittney Griner
Warriors guard Stephen Curry addressed WNBA star Brittney Griner at the ESPYs on Wednesday night, calling for her release from a Russian prison. Griner was arrested in February at Moscow’s airport on drug charges. She has pleaded guilty and faces up to 10 years in a foreign prison. The WNBA star spoke to the media before she was convicted of trafficking hashish oil.
Other athletes at the ceremony included the WNBA’s Brittney Griner and heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. During his opening monologue, Curry took shots at the NBA, offering to give Grant Williams his rings, but Draymond Green’s podcast stole the show. He also claimed the Celtics as his child. While he was not a nominee for best player or best coach, the Warriors’ other three stars shared their jubilation at winning the Bill Russell Trophy.
The WNBA’s Brittney Griner also won an ESPY for Best Player. Curry, meanwhile, addressed WNBA star Brittney Griner after the Warriors’ big win at The ESPYs. The WNBA star was delighted to be a part of such an incredible event, which helped the WNBA achieve new heights.
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