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Pau Gasol wins PBWA’s Magic Johnson award for 2014-15


CHICAGO — Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls was named the 2014-15 recipient of the Magic Johnson Award, presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to the NBA player who best combines excellence on the court with cooperation in dealing with the media and the fans.

Gasol, 34, was the top choice in a field that included Golden State’s Stephen Curry, San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Portland’s Damian Lillard. He is the second Chicago Bulls player so honored, following Jalen Rose in 2002-03.

“I just try to be helpful, help people do their jobs. I understand my position, and this is a part of our job,” Gasol said after Chicago’s practice Wednesday. “It’s easy to be friendly. It’s easy to be kind. I think also it rubs off on people. You should try to balance all the negative out there with some positives.”

The 14-year veteran — who often does double-duty, standing in for interviews in both English and Spanish — averaged 18.5 points and 11.8 rebounds this season, was named an Eastern Conference starter in the 2015 All-Star Game and led the NBA with 54 double-doubles, becoming the oldest player to do that since Patrick Ewing in 1996-97.

The PBWA created the Magic Johnson Award in 2001 and named it in honor for former Lakers star Earvin (Magic) Johnson, considered by the association’s members as an ideal model for the award. Approximately 175 PBWA members cover the NBA on a regular basis for newspapers, online outlets and magazines.

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 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:

GAME STORY

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.

COLUMNS

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.

FEATURES

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.