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

Rose.

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.