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Amir Johnson wins the NBA Hustle Award

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Yes, apparently that’s real.

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Okay I wasn’t aware this was a thing, but Amir Johnson has won the NBA’s Hustle Award for the 2017-2018 NBA season. And dammit, I love it. “Old Man” Amir out-hustling all the young fellas.

I don’t really know exactly what the criteria was for choosing the Hustle Award or who votes on it. And I can’t be positive that I’m not being Punked right now. But I’ll be damned if anyone is out there working harder than Amir Johnson in his 14th season in the NBA.

Amir is as trustworthy as they come as a reserve big, and probably underrated by most. And by many accounts, Amir is a genuinely good person and teammate. I’m happy to see him get recognized for the work he puts in.