The NBA didn’t reveal its major regular-season awards until after the playoffs and draft – until most fans had turned the page toward the offseason. But at least the league got a revenue-drawing nationally televised award show out of the delay.
What is the players union doing, and how does Chris Bosh come into play?
National Basketball Players Association release:
CHRIS BOSH TO HOST NBPA “PLAYERS VOICE AWARDS”
11-Time All-Star to Reveal Awards Via Social Media
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that 2017 Players Voice Awards will be revealed exclusively via social media tomorrow beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET.
The Players Voice Awards are voted on solely by NBA players
The awards and videos will be revealed via @theNBPA on Twitter, and NBPA.com will curate all of the content throughout the day.
Voting took place at the end of the regular season and did not consider postseason performances.
The full list of Players Voice Awards includes:
- Best Rookie
- Comeback Player of the Year
- Best Off the Bench
- Best Defender
- Hardest to Guard
- Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team
- Best Dressed
- Home Court Advantage
- Coach You’d Most Like to Play For
- Clutch Performer
- Best Social Media Follow
- Most Influential Veteran
- Global Impact
- Most Valuable Player
- Best Teammate (one per team)
I’m still not sure how Bosh is hosting tweets or what took so long for the union to get to this. The players-union awards, which debuted two years ago, haven’t gained much steam. I don’t think this will help.
On the other hand, not much is happening this time of year. Diehard basketball fans are thirsting for activity, and this provides some.
But they’d care at any time. I don’t think this moves the needle at all for casual fans.
As a hardcore basketball follower, though, I am curious who wins – and how Bosh fits into all of this.