HoopsHype Awards rumors
Luol Deng of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been voted the 2013-14 winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, named after the second commissioner of the NBA and presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to the player, coach or trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. The two-time All-Star forward recently recorded a public service announcement for the EnoughProject.org, urging peace during a time of renewed conflict in his native South Sudan. In the video, he tells young people, "Look around you, and reach out. Make peace among those who are fighting. Forgive one another and encourage others to forgive. Build trust with people who fear each other. You are young, and if you are wise, you will build bridges with people your age that will last a lifetime. It is not too late to start...but it is not too soon either.' NBA.com
Madelyn Burke: Scott Brooks on Blake Griffin: "He's going to be an MVP candidate for many years..." #Clippers #Thunder Twitter @MadelynBurke
Manu Ginobili is the NBA's Tweeter of the Year. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili has been chosen as the top tweeter in the NBA by HoopsHype readers. The two-time All-Star talks on what he likes about Twitter and how he has no hopes of getting Gregg Popovich to open an account. HoopsHype
According to NBA.com, the Rockets allow 101.5 points per 100 possessions with Beverley on the floor, and that shoots up to 103.4 per 100 possessions when he is off the court. He has a plus/minus of 7.9 when he is on the floor, the highest of any Rockets regular. That has Beverley within sight of one of the accomplishments he hoped to reach this year — making the NBA’s All-Defensive team. He does not put up particularly big steals numbers, which is too often how perimeter defenders are judged. But Beverley prefers to make his impact not by gambling for turnovers, rather by staying tight on his man at all times. “(All-Defense) was one of my goals going into this year,” Beverley said. “Hopefully, people see that the way I play defense is top-notch in the NBA and I can make the All-Defensive team. … I think very few people do what I do defensively to change a basketball game. That’s what I do, I put my team in a good situation to win basketball games with my defense. I think it’s rare that you see that kind of gift that people have in the NBA but I am able to have fun with it.” Sporting News
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