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Watch The Spurs Give “HAND” Salute As Kawhi Leonard Accepts Finals MVP Trophy

Kawhi Leonard, Bill Russell

Kawhi Leonard, Bill Russell (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Kawhi Leonard is as soft-spoken as they come. Whether this is premeditated to present an air of mystery or a real discomfort with the limelight, Kawhi is now a star after becoming the youngest player since Magic Johnson to win the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award, which means he’s permanently in the public’s eye. His teammates showed their appreciation for the ascending star by holding up a single hand during the trophy presentation, commemorating some of the biggest hands in the entire Association.

Kawhi Leonard, Bill Russell

Kawhi Leonard, Bill Russell (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

Kawhi Leonard, Bill Russell

Kawhi Leonard, Bill Russell (Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports)

Leonard even shirked his obvious shyness and let out a holler as he was announced the winner by Adam Silver.

Kawhi Leonard, Adam Silver

Kawhi Leonard, Adam Silver (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

Kawhi Leonard, Adam Silver

Kawhi Leonard, Adam Silver (Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports)

After again delivering in Game 5 with a team-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, two assists and a block while fouling out against LeBron James, Kawhi was allowed to bask in the glow of his performance.

Find out why and how Kawhi was given the MVP from BBall Breakdown’s Coach Nick:

Of course, Pop, gave a big bear hug to the bear:

Here are some more shots of the 2014 NBA Finals MVP celebrating with his mom and his teammates:

Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili

Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker

Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker (Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports)

Kawhi Leonard, Kim Robertson

Kawhi Leonard, Kim Robertson (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Kawhi Leonard, Kim Robertson

Kawhi Leonard, Kim Robertson (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • 2cents

    I’m not a Spurs fan, but congratulations to them on handing Miami their a$$es to them. I am so happy for Leonard, as along with Durant, it’s hard not to root for someone so humble and so talented.

    Thank you NBA for an absolutely amazing season. And thanx to Dime for doing an awesome job with giving us the news.

  • hubristick

    “Kawhi is now a star after becoming the youngest player sinceMagic Johnson to win the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award, ”

    “Is that right?” -Tim Duncan

  • Walter Egy Herrmann

    I was like “is Kawai going to be the mvp?! that would be great, but would be a great surprise, too… Could it be Diaw?! Or Kawai?” This was a helluva finals.

  • cesar

    TD was 23, kawhi is 22

  • cesar

    the single hand thing is because of leonard’s big hands? i thought it was because its their 5th championship ring…