The NBA's Rookie of the Year will be...

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The NBA's Rookie of the Year will be...

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kyrie Irving began his first pro season as the top pick and ended it as the top rookie. Cleveland's smooth, playmaking point guard has been chosen as the NBA"s Rookie of the Year, a person familiar with the voting told the Associated Press on Sunday. Irving's selection is hardly a surprise since the 20-year-old led all first-year players in scoring -- 18.5 points per game -- and renewed hope for Cleveland's franchise. He'll receive the award on Tuesday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not yet announced the winner. ESPN.com and The Cleveland Plain Dealer first reported Irving's win. Results of the voting won't be available until Tuesday, but it's safe to assume Irving's victory will be lopsided. After Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio suffered a season-ending knee injury, Irving was far and away the best all-around player in the rookie class. The Cavs used the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft to select Irving, who played in just 11 games as a freshman at Duke because of a toe injury. However, it didn't take long for the 6-foot-3 Irving to establish himself as one of the game's rising stars. With a fearlessness on the floor, Irving made clutch shots, orchestrated fourth-quarter comebacks and managed to keep the Cavs competitive and in the playoff picture for several months before they traded guard Ramon Sessions in March and injuries took their toll. Irving is the second Cavaliers player to win the award, joining LeBron James in 2004. Irving's is the final postseason award to be announced by the league. On Saturday, James, who spent seven seasons in Cleveland before signing with Miami, won his third MVP award in four seasons. Irving recently treated himself to a postseason vacation in the Bahamas. In June, he's expected to play on the Cavs summer league team in Las Vegas and will be part of a U.S. Select Team which will train against the American Olympic team going to the London Games.

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Fun and games between John Wall and Russell Westbrook during All-Star shove

Fun and games between John Wall and Russell Westbrook during All-Star shove

NEW ORLEANS -- Coming off the bench, Russell Westbrook clearly wanted to get himself another MVP tropy at the NBA All-Star Game -- 26 shots in 20 minutes for 41 points -- but him playing with former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate and his roughouse play with John Wall drew the most attention Sunday.

In the second quarter, Westbrook made a two-hand shove of Wall after a break in the action. Intially, he had a scowl. Then it turned into a bit of a smirk. 

Wall, who was attempting to play defense, didn't take it too seriously. The final score was 192-182 as the West beat the East. 

"There wasn't no trash-talking," Wall said. "I didn't say (anything). If it was real games, I'll get down. That was just fun and games."

Jae Crowder of the Boston Celtics found that out when the poked Wall in the face with his finger during a game in January that led to both players being fined. Wall retaliated there with a quick slap. 

The highlight of the night, however, came when Kevin Durant, who left Westbrook and the Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, threw his former point guard a lob for a dunk. 

When there was a timeout, the DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green and Steph Curry led the cheer when the pair went to the bench. 

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Wall expects Wizards to make move before trade deadline to boost bench

Wall expects Wizards to make move before trade deadline to boost bench

NEW ORLEANS -- Just as soon as DeMarcus Cousins entered the mixed zone area after Sunday's 66th All-Star Game, he was gone. It wasn't before he said his goodbyes to John Wall.

"Aight, boy, love you," Wall said to his close friend and teammate for one year at Kentucky. 

"Love you too, boy," said Cousins, who had three points in less than three minutes and gladly sat.

Who knows where Cousins will be come Thursday afternoon after the NBA trade deadline passes. The Wizards (34-21) find themselves in third place in the East with a chance to make a serious push for the conference finals. 

"I think so," Wall said when asked if he expected president Ernie Grunfeld to make a move as he has done the last several years, and the most recent being for Markieff Morris. "We're looking at some options to help our bench out. Other than that I don't know. I haven't talked to him about it."

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Wall played 21 minutes and shot 6-for-12 in a 192-182 loss to the West All-Stars. He also had six rebounds, four assists and four steals. 

He'll take a short vacation before returning to D.C. for practice Wednesday and Thursday. The Wizards' next game, the day after the deadline, is Friday at the Philadelphia 76ers. 

They lost 109-102 at the Sixers earlier this season when they began 2-8.  The Wizards have been 28-10 since Dec. 1.

"If guys aren't in tune," Wall said, "we'll make sure we get them in tune."

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