Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal wins Magic Johnson media award

Posted: Thursday, May 06, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal won the Magic Johnson Award on Wednesday for his cooperation with the media.

Voted on by the Professional Basketball Writers Association, the award is given annually to a player who is both successful on the court and professional with the media.

O'Neal, who finished third in MVP voting earlier this week, has earned a reputation as a readily accessible star who gives thoughtful responses to questions.

"I'm going to go home and put this up on the mantle, right next to the space for the MVP trophy I'm going to get next year," O'Neal said. "There's still a space there."

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Carlos Boozer of Juneau was one of the nominees for this award.

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