Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Jason Kidd wins Sportsmanship award
By Jared Zwerling
Jason Kidd is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship, the NBA announced on Monday. Kidd becomes the first-ever back-to-back honoree, having won the award last season with the Mavericks.
In addition, Kidd is only the second player to win multiple Sportsmanship awards, joining Grant Hill, who has been honored three times.
"I'm trying to show [my teammates] that you can win the Joe Dumars award too," Kidd said on Tuesday. "You don't just have to win the scoring title or the sixth man. It's a great honor any time you are recognized with a great player like Joe Dumars. I've won it twice, so hopefully I'm doing the right thing."
The annual award reflects the ideals of sportsmanship -- ethical behavior, fair play and integrity -- which is a focus of the league's NBA Cares program. The trophy is named after Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, the award's first recipient.
The league will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of Kidd to his foundation, which is dedicated to improving education among the youth, by ensuring that kids of all ages are involved with mentoring, tutoring and technology programs to succeed in life.