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Pau finalist for citizenship award

5/2/2012

The list of things Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace have in common expanded by one.

It used to be just:

1. Both play professional basketball

2. Both play pro basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers

Now you can add:

3. Both have been nominated for the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

Gasol was named as one of the four finalists for the award on Tuesday. The distinction is awarded annually to the player, coach or trainer who shows "outstanding service and dedication to the community." The other finalists include Orlando’s J.J. Redick, Dallas’ Jason Terry and Atlanta’s Josh Smith.

World Peace won the award last season back when he was still Ron Artest.

Gasol visited St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis back in March and this 2010 column by ESPN's Tom Friend gives a good feel of Gasol's continual charitable involvement in the medical community.

Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.