Gasol named L.A. Sportsman of the Year

This story slipped under the radar. Here are the top lines from the news release:

“Lakers star Pau Gasol will receive the prestigious 2009 Sportsman of the Year award at the fifth annual LA Sports Awards, which will be held Feb. 19 at the new JW Marriott at L.A. Live. The LA Sports Awards are presented annually by the Los Angeles Sports Council to celebrate the greatest moments of the year in sports in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. The Sportsman award is given to the local male athlete whose performance and character best exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship during the calendar year.”