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Pro Hoops Writers Honor 2012’s Top Work

The Professional Basketball Writers Association announced the winners of its annual writing contest at All-Star weekend. The top three finishers, as judged by an independent panel of journalists, were chosen in three categories – game stories, columns and features.

The PBWA also named new officers to two-year terms that run through All-Star weekend 2015. Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer takes over as President, succeeding two-term predecessor Doug Smith of the Toronto Star. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel will serve as Vice President, replacing’s Steve Aschburner.

Recently marking its 40th anniversary, the PBWA was formally organized on Jan. 23, 1973, to address access and working-condition issues in members’ coverage of the NBA. It provides a network of men and women who cover the league, initially for newspaper beat writers but expanded through the years to include magazine and Web site reporters. The association handles the voting for the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, and presents it own annual awards: the Magic Johnson (to a good player who is media-friendly), the Rudy Tomjanovich (to a head coach who meets the same criteria) and the Brian McIntyre (top team media-relations staff) trophies.

The 2012 contest winners are:


1st Place: Dave McMenamin, ESPN L.A., on Game 1 of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals, Lakers vs. Thunder.

2nd Place: Benjamin Hochman, Denver Post, on Carmelo Anthony‘s first game against his old Denver Nuggets mates.

3rd Place: Steve Aschburner,, on Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals, Celtics vs. Heat.


1st Place: Ian Thomsen, Sports Illustrated, on LeBron James‘ championship redemption.

2nd Place: Kevin Ding, Orange County Register, on Jeremy Lin‘s impact on one child.

3rd Place: Fran Blinebury,, on Yao Ming‘s visit to Houston.


1st Place: Jonathan Abrams, Grantland, an oral history of The Malice at the Palace.

2nd Place: Kevin Arnovitz,, on Clippers’ general manager Neil Olshey.

3rd Place: Marc Stein,, on Steve Nash‘s move to the Lakers.

Triano Channels His Inner Pop

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — He’s no Gregg Popovich, but at the 4:40 mark of the video (below) Raptors coach Jay Triano comes dangerously close to making our coaching mini-rant Hall of Fame:

It certainly helps that Cousin Doug (Smith of the Toronto Star) can be seen throughout the entire video, hanging over there on the left side of the screen with that serious look on his face. And we hear you “Cuz” on the whole saving paper thing.

But we love Triano’s take on the Raptors’ streak of games with a made 3-pointer ending at 986 in Monday night’s loss to the Hang Time Grizzlies.

“The organization should be very proud of the streak,” Triano said. “It’s a record, but that record has not helped us climb one spot in our race to try to get better as a team. It’s one less thing to put in our media notes.”

He said, He said!


Posted by Sekou Smith

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo didn’t mince his words.

He says his former star, Chris Bosh, “checked out” last season, as in departed the premises before he officially became a free agent:

“… mentally checked out or, you know, just wasn’t quite into it down the stretch, he wasn’t the same guy. And I think everybody saw that, just no one wanted to acknowledge it.”

Naturally, Bosh, now with the Miami Heat, says he always played hard:

“I play this game as hard as I can every time I step on the court. On the back of my jersey it says ‘Bosh’ … The Boshes are hard workers. We have a lot of pride in what we do, in our jobs and in life.”

Having already stepped in the mud with Raptors fans this summer, we are well aware of how important it is to make sure you say what you mean when talking about this situation.

That said, this is clearly a case of “he said, he said.”

And it’s hard to know who or what to believe.

Cousin Doug is always our first and most trusted source on all things Raptors. And as always, he delivered some context, including this link to the Colangelo interview on Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown and John Shannon.

Rather than jumping to conclusions, as so many of the Raptors faithful accused us of doing here that the hideout when we suggested Bosh would be something of a villain the next time he showed up at Air Canada Centre, we’re asking for the input of those same faithful in this situation.

Can someone please school the rest of us on what went down last season with the Bosh and the Raptors?


Bosh In Purple And Gold?

Posted by Sekou Smith

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — That impending feeling of free agent doom looming over our friends in Canada grows stronger by the day.

Cousin Doug (Smith of Toronto Smiths and the Toronto Star) dropped this little morsel in his morning offering.

For those of you that are opposed to link-clicking, here’s Cousin Doug’s brief mention of Chris Bosh being at Game 2 of the Lakers-Jazz series:

Oh oh.

Chris Bosh was at the Lakers-Jazz game in L.A. on Tuesday night.

Can only mean one thing, right?

Yep, he’s gone.

Or maybe he’s out there on business. Or vacation. Or some convention of tweeterers or whatever the heck they’re called.

You may remember Bosh sending out a couple tweets last week asking for advice on what he should do in free agency this summer. Maybe he was just trying to get some advice from Kobe Bryant or Ron Artest, who made a similar appearance in LA around this time a year ago. We all know how that turned out.

Of course, this visit by Bosh could simply be the case of a well-known basketball fan visiting with some of his friends …

Listen, we’re not in the business of speculating around here (at least not until free agency cooks up), but if we were, the idea of Bosh playing with the Lakers is frightening … for the rest of the league.

The state of the Toronto Raptors free agency situation has been discussed over and over, by everyone from Bosh to Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo (below), so it’s not like any speculation is brand new.

But every move Bosh makes from now until he has a new contract is headline news.