NBA honors Chris Carrino with ‘Values of the Game’ award

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The NBA is honoring Chris Carrino, the play-by-play announcer, with the prestigious NBA Values of the Game Award this year, the Nets and the league reported Tuesday. The award recognizes an individual at an NBA team who exemplifies the values of the league in their community. The NBA is also honoring the late John Steinmiller, Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Bucks with the same award

The awards were presented Monday night in Miami where the NBA Board of Governors is meeting. The Nets are planning to recognize Carrino in a special on-court ceremony ahead of the Nets vs. Lakers game on January 30.

Besides being honored for his 30 years of work as the radio play-by-play voice of the Nets, the 53-year-old New York native was recognized for his battle with Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) – a genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle wasting and weakness, eventually robbing one’s ability to use their arms, legs, face muscles, as well as other areas of the body.

Despite his diagnosis, Carrino has performed his radio duties at the highest level of excellence, the league statement noted. In 2011, he established a foundation to raise the level of awareness of the disease and has since raised more than $1.2 million in grants for research.

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