The NBA has just gotten over it’s biggest scandal since the Malice at the Palace but the punches thrown verbally by Donald Sterling connected and welted more painfully than any thrown in that fight. But now that Sterling is out of the NBA forever, things can start to return to normalcy and that means turning our attention back to the season awards that are being handed out.
When it comes to one of the more prestigious honors, Jamal Crawford will be winning the Sixth Man of the Year award for his work coming off the Los Angeles Clippers bench.
It seems fitting that a member of the Clipper bench was honored for his work, even though the award has absolutely nothing to do with the scandal caused by Sterling. It shows just how important the players that he was talking down upon are to the success of the team and that everyone including guys not named Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are a vital part of the team.
In winning the award, Crawford succeeds J.R. Smith, and takes the award out west to Los Angeles from New York. Crawford had an amazing season this year and while he had fierce competition — most notably from the Bulls’ Taj Gibson — the award was earned thanks to the sweat and blood Crawford spilled this season for the better of the Clippers.
[h/t: Marc Stein, ESPN]