(New York) AP - NBA Commissioner David Stern said today that the League will be awarding its first annual Latrell Sprewell award to Indiana University Coach Bob Knight. Said Stern, "No one really seemed to want to grab ahold of the award until Bob put his choke hold on it this past Monday night." Named after Latrell Sprewell, the award goes to the person in either professional or college basketball who best demonstrates a "hands-on" approach to dealing with life's little difficulties.
When asked to comment, NY Knicks forward Latrell Sprewell said, "I can't think of a more deserving person than Choke Knight. I can't imagine anyone with a better grasp of the profession, unless it be myself, of course. If I had played for him at Indiana I'm sure we could have put our hands on a few more national championship banners, especially for choking the chicken. I could just hug the man."
Knight will travel to New York to receive his award personally from Stern and Sprewell before Sunday's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals (assuming that the Pacers don't choke in Game 6).
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