Fred Katz: NBA announced today the creation of the Pete Winemiller Guest Experience Innovation Award, named for the late OKC Sr. VP of Guest Relations. The award “will honor an NBA team executive who innovates to create a world class service experience for fans,” the release reads.
Woody Sauldsberry, the 60th overall selection out of the historically black Texas Southern University in the 1957 NBA draft, is the only player in history outside of the first round to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Nearly 60 years later, Milwaukee Bucks rookie guard Malcolm Brogdon hopes to give the ex-Philadelphia Warriors big man some company. “I’m blessed. Whether or not I win it, I’m blessed. My mom, all that she sacrificed driving me to all the AAU practices, my brothers supporting me and all my family that has helped get me here,” Brogdon told The Undefeated.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd has been impressed by Brogdon’s playing ability, poise and poker-faced demeanor. When asked what argument the 1994 NBA co-Rookie of the Year would give for Brodgon winning the rookie honor, Kidd told The Undefeated: “That’s an easy argument. You’re talking about a second-round pick playing, starting and coming off the bench that is helping the team have success and win. At the end of the day, it’s about winning, but sometimes we’re judged on other things. I think he should be one of the top two, if not No. 1, if he doesn’t win it.”
Hassan Whiteside was surprised he was recognized as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, repeating several times today he believes he is underappreciated. “I won something?” he said when asked for his reaction when he learning of the award. I’m just kind of surprised I was recognized for anything in this league. I was really surprised. … I was just shocked.”