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Williams Named Div. Winner for NBA Sportsmanship Award

April 1, 2011

NEW YORKNew Jersey’s Deron Williams, Charlotte’s D.J. Augustin, Chicago’s Luol Deng, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and San Antonio’s George Hill were selected by a four-member panel of former players as divisional winners for the 2010-11 NBA Sportsmanship Award.

The NBA Sportsmanship Award, designed to honor a player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, is voted on by NBA players.  The NBA will announce the winner after the regular season.

The 2010-11 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner will be presented with the Joe Dumars Trophy, named after the Hall of Famer and former Detroit Pistons great who played 14 seasons in the NBA and was the recipient of the inaugural NBA Sportsmanship Award in 1996. The six-time All-Star was selected in honor of his distinguished and dignified career and for symbolizing the tradition the NBA wants to recognize with this award.

Former NBA players Rolando Blackman, John Crotty, Mark Jackson and Eddie Johnson selected the six divisional winners from a pool of 30 team nominees. Each team nominated one of its players for this award.

The annual award reflects the ideals of sportsmanship -- ethical behavior, fair play and integrity -- in amateur and professional basketball, a key focus of the league’s NBA Cares program efforts.

Following is a list of the all-time winners of the NBA Sportsmanship award:

ALL-TIME NBA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS

Inaugural:   Joe Dumars (1996)
1996-1997: Terrell Brandon, Cleveland
1997-1998: Avery Johnson, San Antonio
1998-1999: Hersey Hawkins, Seattle
1999-2000: Eric Snow, Philadelphia
2000-2001: David Robinson, San Antonio
2001-2002: Steve Smith, San Antonio
2002-2003: Ray Allen, Seattle
2003-2004: P.J. Brown, New Orleans
2004-2005: Grant Hill, Orlando
2005-2006: Elton Brand, Los Angeles Clippers
2006-2007: Luol Deng, Chicago
2007-2008: Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns
2008-2009: Chauncey Billups, Denver Nuggets
2009-2010: Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns

Media Invited to Cover

WHO: NETS player Kris Humphries, the NETS Dancers, Sly, and representatives from National Grid.

WHAT: Prospect Park clean-up as part of NBA Green Week.

WHEN: Monday, April 4, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Prospect Park, by Prospect Park Lake.

The Kris Humphries Foundation
The Kris Humphries Foundation is a non-profit organization established to provide resources for, and assistance to community organizations that serve disadvantaged youth. Our focus and vision, is in the areas of health, education and wellness.

Throughout the year, The Kris Humphries Foundation conducts basketball and educational clinics in conjunction with the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club of Minnesota and New Jersey.  Some of the important lessons taught at the Kris Humphries Foundation basketball clinics are: Developing healthy eating habits at a young age, staying physically active, teamwork and being a good student.  Kris is extremely hands on and active at these camps as he really enjoys working with kids.

National Grid
National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.

Prospect Park
For more information on Prospect Park events, programs, membership and volunteering, call the Park Hotline at (718) 965-8999 or visit www.prospectark.org
 
In partnership with the City of New York and the community, the Prospect Park Alliance restores, develops, and operates Prospect Park for the enjoyment of all by caring for the natural environment, preserving historic design, and serving the public through facilities and programs.

NBA Green Week
The 3rd annual NBA Green Week takes place from Sunday, April 3, 2011- Sunday, April 10, 2011. Through NBA Green, the league, teams, and players take steps to be more environmentally friendly and encourage fans to get involved in local greening initiatives. During NBA Green Week, the league and teams will join together to take part in green efforts including hands-on community service projects, recycling programs, green giveaways, auction to support environmental organizations and promotions to encourage fans to "Go Green." In addition to the volunteer service project in Prospect Park Brooklyn, the Nets "Go Green" efforts include a field trip with local students to Liberty Science Center, green tips from Nets players and special in-arena programming.

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