DeRozan receives media award on same week Kawhi Leonard blamed media

DeRozan gets Professional Basketball Writers Association's Magic Johnson trophy

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SAN ANTONIO – Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan was honored by the media in the same week Kawhi Leonard blamed the media for stirring controversy about his return to San Antonio.

DeRozan received the Professional Basketball Writers Association's 2017-18 Magic Johnson Award trophy last week.

According to the PBWA, the award honors the player who best combines on-court excellence with cooperation and dignity in dealing with the media and the public.

Since arriving in San Antonio, DeRozan has been willing to speak to reporters about Spurs wins or losses after every game.

DeRozan has been open and respectful to the media and is usually one of the first players to speak in the locker room after games.

DeRozan has also been a model citizen off the court, acclimated himself to the community and embraced Spurs fans.

The four-time NBA all-star is averaging 22.6 points, 6.4 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game in his first season in San Antonio. 

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RJ Marquez has been at KSAT since 2010. He's covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area, and is the lead reporter for KSAT Explains. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms. You can see RJ regularly on KSAT Explains and Good Morning San Antonio. He also writes a weekly Spurs newsletter.