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Award-winning basketball writing

A high percentage of journalists who cover the NBA belong to the Professional Basketball Writers Association. Once a year, the Association calls for writers to submit some of their best work for award consideration. This past Sunday, PBWA president Doug Smith (he of the Toronto Star, not acoustic guitar, auto bargains, or piano) announced the winners. It's well worth your time to click around and read these articles online -- they'll make you smarter. Big congratulations to all the winners:

Feature stories

  1. ESPN.com's Marc Stein on Vlade Divac

  2. AOL Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson on Marvin Barnes

  3. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer on Larry Brown

Game stories

  1. Brian Windhorst, Cleveland Plain Dealer's Brian Windhorst on LeBron James' big game-winner

  2. ESPN.com's Marc Stein on a tough Dallas playoff loss

  3. The Bergen Record's Steve Adamek on LeBron James visiting New York (subscription)

Columns

  1. NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper, for a Sports Illustrated column on Ron Artest

  2. NBA.com's Fran Blinebury on Dikembe Mutombo

  3. NBA.com's Shaun Powell on Dave Bing