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Jeremy Lin among Sportsmanship Award finalists
Injury may keep Jeremy Lin from being named the league's Most Improved Player, but the Knicks point guard now has another chance at some NBA hardward.
Lin was named one of six NBA finalists for the 2011-12 NBA Sportsmanship Award. The award is given to the player who "best represents the ideals of sportmanship on the court."
The finalists, one from each division, were narrowed down by a panel of five former NBA players. The award winner will be voted on by fellow players.
Joining Lin as finalists are Cavs forward Antawn Jamison, Mavericks guard Jason Kidd, Clippers guard Chris Paul, Heat forward Shane Battier and Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour.
Joe Dumars won the inaugural award in 1996. Other notable winners include David Robinson (2000-01), Ray Allen (2002-03), Grant Hill (three times, last in 2009-10) and Stephen Curry (last year).