Memphis Grizzlies point guard, Mike Conley, is truly one of the game’s good guys. But don’t take my word for it. Take the word of his peers who awarded him the 2014 NBA Sportsmanship Award.
It’s an improvement upon last year when he finished fourth in the voting, and he was flattered by it.
“I’m honoured, said seventh year man. "It says a lot about what you do for the team, the community and how much the players respect you around the league.”
Winning the award may suggest that Conley is a little bit soft, but his coach Dave Joerger was quick to squash that notion, saying: “Sometimes guys that you think they’re just too nice, he’s not too nice. He’s a hard, competitive guy, but he does it in a very classy and professional way.”
It’s certainly hard to argue against what Joerger says considering Conley has to go up against high quality point guards and hold his own night in, night out. Especially in the unforgiving Western Conference with the likes of Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and fellow Southwest Division rival, Tony Parker.
As the winner of the award this year, the NBA will donate $10 thousand to a charity of his choice, the St Jude Children’s Hospital for research relating to sickle cell anaemia. A cause he has already done quite a bit towards in previous times.
For now though, he’ll have to hold back any celebrations he has planned as Memphis looks to capitalize on the 111-105 Game 2 win in the 2 vs 7 matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He was instrumental in the victory, tallying 19 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds in addition to having to deal with Westbrook on the defensive end.
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