The NBA at the ESPYs
Posted Jul 14 2005 4:20PM
NBA teams, players and coaches have racked up ESPYs since 1993
Your mind may be racing, thinking, "What: NBA titles? MVPs? Finals MVPs?" While that would be true that these guys have cleaned up in the NBA, they've also cleaned up at what's been called the Oscars of Sport: The ESPYs.
For the record, Jordan has won 10 ESPYs, the most of any player, team or coach associated with the NBA. Jordan's wins include Best NBA Player, Best Comeback Athlete (1996) and Best Male Athlete (1993).
In the 2005 ESPYs, held July 13th and airing on ESPN Sunday, July 17, Steve Nash, Reggie Miller and Dwyane Wade added their names to the list of NBA players who have claimed one of sports' coveted prizes.
Take a look at who took home a 2005 ESPY and which nominees were in the running.
WINNER: BEST MOMENT -- REGGIE MILLER'S FINAL GAME
But even Miller, with a team-high 27 points, couldn't snatch the Pacers from the jaws of defeat in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series with the Detroit Pistons. In honor of Miller, Pacers coach Rick Carlisle called a time out to let the Conseco Fieldhouse crowd shower Reggie with applause. Then, Pistons coach Larry Brown did the same as the Pistons came to halfcourt to salute the Pacers' all-time leading scorer. At that moment, it was tough to find a dry eye in Conseco.
WINNER: BEST BREAKTHROUGH -- DWYANE WADE, MIAMI HEAT
People chuckled, but Shaq knew what he was talking about, and soon, everyone else knew as well. Wade's regular-season scoring average went from 16.2 points per game as a rookie to 24.1 this season. But he shined brightest on the game's grandest stage: Wade (aka "Flash") averaged 27.4 ppg in the postseason, including 31.4 ppg in a four-game sweep of the Wizards.
Wade's team? You bet. Now who's chuckling?
WINNER: BEST NBA PLAYER -- STEVE NASH
NOMINEE: BEST TEAM -- SAN ANTONIO SPURS
And with many of their core players under contract through the end of the decade, you can probably expect a couple more San Antonio appearances in this category in the years to come.
NOMINEE: BEST COACH -- GREGG POPOVICH
It's time to add another name to that list: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. The head coach of the NBA champion Spurs added a third ring to his collection when San Antonio topped Detroit in seven games. His call to put defensive stopper Bruce Bowen on the scorching-hot Chauncey Billups in overtime in Game 5 helped the Spurs win that game as much as Horry's heroics.
Because of brains like that, Popovich joins four other NBA coaches who have won three rings: John Kundla, five; Auerbach, nine; Riley, four; and Jackson, nine.