Summary: Jason Kidd of the New York Knicks recieved his second NBA Sportsmanship Award, and became the first back-to-back winner of the award. Additionally, Kidd is only the second player to win multiple NBA Sportsmanship awards, joining Grant Hill, who has been honored three times.The NBA will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of Kidd to The Jason Kidd Foundation, which is dedicated to improving education among the youth, by ensuring that kids of all ages have the tools needed through mentoring, tutoring and technology programs to succeed in life. 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. The trophy is named for former Detroit Pistons guard and Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, the award's first recipient.
Opinion: I feel that the NBA Sportsmanship Award is very meaningful,and encourages sportsmanship among players. Competitive sports like basketball is usually very physical, and players are sometimes very emotional, and fights are common too. With this award, athletes might look out for their own behaviors, and play fair with sportsmanship. Jason Kidd have displayed good sportsmanship, and won the award twice in a row, thus showing that he is not only a champion, but also a winner with sportsmanship!
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