Win Butler Named MVP for 2016 NBA Celebrity Game: Comments and Reaction

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIFebruary 13, 2016

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 12:  Win Butler #34 of Team Canada wins the Player of the Game Award following the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game against Team USA at the Ricoh Coliseum on February 12, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Arcade Fire lead singer Win Butler was named the MVP of the 2016 Celebrity All-Star Game in Toronto on Friday, as Team Canada won 74-64 over Team America.

Butler shot 6-of-17 from the floor while scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, per the Guardian, and announced after the game that he will retire from celebrity competition, per Raptors HQ.

That same postgame interview was cut short by ESPN's Sage Steele when it took a political turn. Dan Hanzus of NFL.com provided video of the exchange:

Dan Hanzus @DanHanzus

Sage Steele could be sued for pushing Win Butler off his soapbox that violently. Tremendous. https://t.co/fSj3Mnbauz

The NBA provided this highlight of Team America coach Kevin Hart looking displeased after Butler made a basket to give Team Canada a 16-14 lead:


Win Butler gives Canada the lead late in Q1 on ESPN. Coach Hart not particularly thrilled.. #DewCelebGame https://t.co/VOrEyv8djM

Butler scored eight points in last year's Celebrity Game, and his brother Will thought he was robbed of the MVP award. That wasn't the case this year, as his double-double got him the praise and postgame fun, per Joseph Casciaro of The Score:

Joseph Casciaro @JosephCasciaro

"Mostly basketball. I do a little music on the side" MVP Win Butler, who also said he dreams of a team in Montreal https://t.co/5D70FWJ1nv

Dan Wolken of USA Today didn't seem to be up to date on his pop culture history:

Dan Wolken @DanWolken

I had to Google Win Butler. Didn’t help.

With this being his last game, there was no better way for Butler to go out on top. Despite not shooting well, he imposed his will on the glass, which turned out to be the difference-maker for Team Canada. 


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