January 3, 2009 9:57 PM
Who's wins your sentimental vote in NBA?
If I might be so bold to ask, flip the channel from "As the Broncos Turn" long enough to help find the NBA's "Mr. Ray-Way" in 2009.
This would be a guy in the league you're rooting for to win his first championship after more than 10 years in the NBA either as a player or head coach.
The Ray-Way Award is named for two former pro athletes in Denver.
John Elway didn't win a Super Bowl ring until his 15th NFL season. Ray Bourque won his only Stanley Cup championship ring in his 22nd and final NHL season.
Thus, the Ray-Way Award. Or do you like John-Que better?
To be clear, this isn't about poking fun at a player or coach's unsuccessful attempts to win a ring. It's all about releasing sentimental feelings from your inner-NBA.
Last year, Boston Celtics All-Star Kevin Garnett finally won a ring after 13 seasons. Teammate Ray Allen won his first after 12 seasons.
Think about your Ray-Way candidates. I've got mine, starting with Nuggets head coach George Karl. Karl has more than 900 regular season wins and no championship rings.
Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd and the Phoenix Suns tandem of Grant Hill and Steve Nash are ring-less. Ex-Nuggets Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby and Antonio McDyess still haven't won a championship.
Finally there's Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. Thirty-five years in the league as a player and coach. No rings.
These are my Ray-Ways. Maybe you have a different candidate. Tell me who it is - and why.