According to Tim Griffin of Spurs Nation, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili was a finalist for the Pro Basketball Writers Association’s Magic Johnson Award.

Ginobili is one of the most media-friendly NBA players and was nominated along with Minnesota’s Kevin Love and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash won the PBWA’s annual award, presented annually to the player who best combines excellence on the court with co-operation with the media and fans.

The PBWA also named Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics as the winner of the Rudy Tomjanovich Award for the coach who best combines excellence in his craft with co-operation with the media and fans. Other nominees included George Karl of Denver Nuggets, Orlando’s Stan Van Gundy and Rick Carlisle of the Dallas Mavericks.

The Milwaukee Bucks' public-relations staff was honored with the Brian McIntyre Award, given to the team public relations staff that goes above and beyond the call of duty to work co-operatively with the local and national media. Other finalists for the award included Oklahoma City, Chicago and Memphis.

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