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 NBA.com’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, NBA.com, 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, NBA.com, 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, ESPN.com, on Clippers’ general manager Neil Olshey.
3rd Place: Marc Stein, ESPN.com, on Steve Nash‘s move to the Lakers.