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2003: Jalen Receives Magic Johnson Award

June 24, 2008

SamSmithAward.jpg2003 – The Professional Basketball Writers Association presented the
annual Magic Johnson Award to Jalen Rose of the Chicago Bulls on August
17, at Jalen’s All-Star Charity Basketball Game.

The Magic Johnson Award is given to the NBA player who best combines
the attributes of Hall of Famer Johnson: Excellence on the basketball
court, cooperation with the media and public and community service.

Previous winners were Ray Allen of the Seattle SuperSonics and Elton Brand of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The award is voted on by the members of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

Said association president Sam Smith of the Chicago Tribune: "We are
thrilled that Jalen Rose is the winner for the 2002-03 season. He has
been among the NBA’s scoring leaders the last three years, he is always
available and cooperative with the media and public and his charity
game in Chicago August 17 demonstrates his commitment to charitable
work and the community. The attributes Jalen exhibits are a model for
NBA players."