NBA News: League introduces two new trophies for Conference Finals MVP
The NBA will introduce two new awards in these playoffs. So there will be an MVP for both Conference finals series, the trophies are named after the two legends Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
As the NBA announced in a statement, the league will choose a conference finals MVP in the east as well as in the west after the Conference Finals. The "Magic Johnson Trophy" will receive the Most Valuable Player from the Western Conference.
Johnson won the NBA finals nine times at the Los Angeles Lakers between 1979 and 1991, and the Lakers also won the title five times. The twelve-fold all-star is now a Hall of Famer and worked for the Lakers as president until 2019. Now he is only a co-owner of the WNBA club Los Angeles Sparks.
In the east, on the other hand, the "Larry Bird Trophy" is awarded, of course in honor of Larry Bird, who won the Eastern Conference and a total of three rings with the Boston Celtics between 1979 and 1992. Today Bird works in a consultant role at the Indiana Pacers.
The trophies for the winners of the respective conference were also changed somewhat in the design and renamed it at the same time. The winner of the Western Conference now receives the "Oscar Robertson Trophy", named after the 83-year-old Hall of Famer, who was active for the Cincinnati Royals for many years and is still a title in late autumn of his career alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won.
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The "Bob Cousy Trophy" is now awarded in the Eastern Conference. The 91-year-old Cousy played in the NBA between 1950 and 1963 and, along with Bill Russell and Head Coach Red Auerbach, is one of the founders of the Celtics dynasty during this time. Boston won eleven titles in 13 years, Cousy was part of six championship teams.