Bleacher Update title When does the Obituaries Writers Association decide who to put in its Obituars article The Obitaries Writers’ Association has chosen to name three obituars this year.
The association announced the nominations at its annual convention in New Orleans on Saturday.
The first was for former Washington Capitals defenseman Paul MacLean, who died on April 10.
MacLean was an important part of the Capitals’ success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The other two nominations are for former NBA star David Robinson and former University of Arizona coach Steve Mariucci.
Mariucci, who coached the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament three times, won the award for the NCAA Coach of the Year.
The award went to former NBA player Scottie Pippen, who played for the Golden State Warriors.
“David Robinson is a Hall of Famer and an American icon,” the group wrote in its nomination announcement.
“We would like to acknowledge his contribution to our basketball culture and our society.
We have a special place in our hearts for his legacy.
It was only fitting that the Golden Knights honor him with this award.”
Robinson, who won the Larry O’Brien Trophy as the most valuable player in the NBA, died in April 2016.
He was 51.
Marucci, a four-time All-Star, is one of only five players to win three NBA championships and one of just three to win a title in the same season.
Robinson played for eight teams over 13 seasons, winning the NBA title in 1998.
Mariuetti played for four teams over 11 seasons, the last with the Chicago Bulls.
“I am deeply saddened to learn that Paul Maclean passed away last week at the age of 50.
His passing leaves a void that we will miss,” the association wrote.
“He will be missed by all of us who played with him, his teammates and coaches and fans alike.
Paul was one of the most talented, hardworking and inspirational players we had the pleasure to play with.
We are grateful for his contributions to our sport and his love for his family.”
Robison was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.
He spent two seasons with the Washington Capitals, winning two championships.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.