The Pro Basketball Writers Association put out their annual awards list, and – both predictably and lamentably – there wasn't a single blogger to be found.
I presume that's because they don't allow bloggers to be members, which is their loss. (Funny: I didn't see the "Sam Smith Award for Original Reporting." Maybe he should talk to Dan Steinberg about that.)
Meanwhile, the NBA blog universe has become one of the most active, vibrant, enthusiastic and entertaining in sports. And it all seems to have really exploded this season, which was the best news for NBA fans.
Because the PBWA can't (or won't) do it, here are this year's winners of the NBA Blogger Awards*:
Best Blog, Individual:
Best Blog, Group:
(MJD, BigLead, Shoals, Skeets, Mutoni, Edwards, Watson, Ziller, Miss Gossip, Jones)
Best Team Blog, Game Coverage:
Best Team Blog, Entertainment:
("Darvin and Dana Ham")
Best Commentary Blog:
(B. Shoals, Dr. LIC, Brown Recluse)
Best Podcast Blog:
The Basketball Jones
(Tas Melas/JE Skeets)
Best Photoshop Blog:
Best Resource Blog:
Best History Blog:
Jones on the NBA
Best Newspaper Blog:
DC Sports Bog
Best Owner Blog:
Best Player Blog:
SlamOnline's The Links
There are a LOT of great NBA blogs (particularly team-specific blogs) that I short-shrifted here, so please feel free to use the Comments section to add your own nominees and favorites. This is a celebration, not a competition.
* - As voted on by, um, me. Which seems a lot more trasparent than, say, the way traditional sports-media cabals (like the PBWA) do their awards voting.
UPDATE (2/22, 10 a.m.): I got an email from Steve Aschburner, the president of the PBWA, who took issue with the first two sentences of this post. (And I certainly don't blame him.) Regular readers of this blog know I can go heavy on unsupported snark, but in a post that had the potential to reach a much wider audience, I should have either ratcheted it back or shot a quick email to Aschburner for a clarification of their awards policy and membership. (Ironically, the PBWA doesn't seem to have an online presence for me to know how to contact him.) I think it's important to keep in mind that the primary intent of the post was to showcase the best NBA bloggers, using the PBWA's annual awards as a news hook to lead into my topic of choice.