New York Knicks: Jason Kidd wins Sportmanship Award

Another award pilled in for the New York Knicks Tuesday afternoon, as Jason Kidd was honored with a rather special honor.

The future Hall of Famer was the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship, the NBA announced on Monday. Kidd becomes the first-ever back-to-back honoree, having won the award last season with the Mavericks.

Apr 26, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd (5) brings the ball up court during the fourth quarter of game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the New York Knicks at TD Garden. New York Knicks won 90-76. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

He also becomes only the second player in league history to win the award more than once,  joining Grant Hill, who has won the award three different times.

The trophy is named after Dumars, who was the very first  recipient and reflects the ideals of sportsmanship — ethical behavior, fair play and integrity — which is a focus of the league’s NBA Cares program.

“I’m trying to show [my teammates] that you can win the Joe Dumars award too,” Kidd told ESPN’s Jared Zwerling. “You don’t just have to win the scoring title or the sixth man. It’s a great honor any time you are recognized with a great player like Joe Dumars. I’ve won it twice, so hopefully I’m doing the right thing.”

By winning the award, the NBA will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of Kidd to his foundation, which is dedicated to improving education among the youth.

Kidd received 91 first-place votes from league players and 2,474 total points Tuesday to claim the award. Golden State guard Stephen Curry, who won the award in 2011, finished second. Luol Deng of Chicago, the 2007 winner, was third.

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Topics: Jason Kidd, NBA Playoffs, New York Knicks

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