Paul George named inaugural recipient of Mel Daniels Award

INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George has been named the inaugural recipient of the 2015-16 Mel Daniels Award, the Indianapolis Chapter of Professional Basketball Writers Association announced Sunday, according to the Pacers. 

The award is named after the late Mel Daniels. 

"The two-time Most Valuable Player in the ABA and starting center on three championship teams maintained a cooperative and honest approach with reporters throughout his six seasons with the team. As a scout with the Pacers, he continued to be an accessible source for reporters seeking inside knowledge and offered reliable insight to those writing about his former teammates or coach. He never sought attention, yet never refused to cooperate with those seeking information," a press release from the Pacers said. 

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George was selected as the Pacers' player who best represents the professionalism and cooperation with local members of the media as Daniels did during his career. 

"George has taken on the responsibility of being the ‘locker room spokesperson,’ while handling good nights and tough losses with the same thoughtfulness. George is one of the rare star veterans who consistently makes himself available for interviews both after shootarounds and afternoon practices. Therefore, George has shown great respect for both media members and fans who follow the team," the press release said. 

 

Congratulations to Paul George, who was selected as the Pacers player who best represents the professionalism and cooperation with local members of the media as Mel Daniels did during his illustrious career.

Posted by Indiana Pacers on Sunday, 10 April 2016

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