Sloan, Durant, Pacers’ PR staff win PBWA awards
Former Utah coach Jerry Sloan, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, and
the Indiana Pacers’ media relations department have been honored by
the Professional Basketball Writers Association for combining
excellence in their field and cooperation with the media.
Sloan, who retired this season, was unanimously chosen Wednesday
as the winner of the inaugural Rudy Tomjanovich award, recognized
for his helpfulness during his 23-year, Hall of Fame career.
Durant, the NBA’s scoring champion, won the Magic Johnson award,
given to a player whose on-court performance is complemented by his
willingness to assist the media. He beat out San Antonio’s Manu
Ginobili, Philadelphia’s Elton Brand and Chicago’s Derrick
The Pacers’ staff, comprised of director David Benner, manager
Krissy Myers and assistant Tim Edwards, won the Brian McIntyre
award, named for the NBA’s longtime public relations chief who is
now a senior adviser to Commissioner David Stern.