NBA players are reportedly set to launch their own set of awards just weeks after Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant suggested they should have more say in the process.
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While the NBA has not announced any changes to the voting procedure to the current awards that are handed out at the end of the regular season, according to a memo from NBA Player’s Association head Michele Roberts, the players may instead just make their own awards, as reported by USA Today.
The memo stated that anonymous votes will be cast and the winners will be announced at a summer meeting in Las Vegas.
With the current NBA awards, the media has voted for the winners since the 1980-81 season but Roberts noted that no one knows better than the players who deserves those awards most given that they are on the court against each other every night.
It is understood that the MVP is among the awards that will be voted on, as well as a ‘Man of the Year’ award which recognises the players’ achievements and efforts in their respective community.
It remains to be seen whether or not there is an official confirmation of the new awards, but it is undoubtedly a follow up of Durant’s rant during the All-Star break in which he insisted that the media get too much power with that process.
The Thunder star insisted that the players knew better, and it appears as though while he may not have got his exact wish, a compromise has certainly been reached.