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Rockets'' center is Midwest Division nominee for Joe Dumars Trophy

Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon is one of four finalists for the Joe Dumars Trophy, the NBA's Sportsmanship Award for the 1999-2000 season. The sportsmanship award is designed to honor a player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court. Each NBA team nominated one of its own players for the award and a panel of four former players selected four divisional finalists from this pool. Along with Olajuwon, the finalists for the Dumars Trophy are Philadelphia's Eric Snow (Atlantic), Atlanta's LaPhonso Ellis (Central) and Phoenix's Jason Kidd (Pacific). The Joe Dumars Trophy will be presented annually to the player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court. The winner is selected by writers and broadcasters who cover the NBA. Dumars was the winner of the inaugural NBA Sportsmanship Award in 1995-96, in recognition of his distinguished career. Subsequent recipients of the award include Terrell Brandon of Cleveland (1996-97), Avery Johnson of San Antonio (1997-98) and Hersey Hawkins of Seattle (1998-99).