Congrats to Pau!
ESPN Los Angeles: Lakers star Pau Gasol and track star Allyson Felix received the highest individual honors at Friday night’s Los Angeles Sports Awards.
Gasol received a standing ovation from the crowd at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live when he was honored as the region’s sportsman of the year for his contributions to the Lakers’ NBA championship run and work in the community.
“It feels great, it’s obviously great recognition for me in my second year here,” the Spaniard said. “It didn’t take long for me to feel at home when I came to L.A.
“Everything just clicked quickly here, in the basketball court and outside. Everybody is just so warm and giving me a great welcome. People here made me so loved.”
Felix, a native of the San Fernando Valley who attended USC and trains at UCLA, was recognized as sportswoman of the year for becoming the first woman to win three 200-meter World Championships.
“This is really a huge honor for me,” Felix said. “L.A. is the land of Hollywood and celebrities so to be recognized here is really special.”
The Lakers’ victory over Orlando in the NBA Finals was selected as the top sports moment of the year. Lakers owner Jerry Buss was honored as executive of the year for his commitment to winning and leadership of the Lakers. His daughter, Lakers executive Jeanie Buss, accepted both awards in person. Derek Fisher’s clutch three-pointers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals were recognized as No. 5 overall sports moment.