Originally created 05/02/00

Suns' Rogers wins Sixth Man award



PHOENIX -- Rodney Rogers, soured by years of losing with the Los Angeles Clippers, capped his season of renewal Monday as the overwhelming choice for the NBA's Sixth Man Award.

The Phoenix Suns' forward received 104 of a possible 121 votes from a panel of sports writers and sportscasters.

"It's sort of like Shaq for MVP," Suns coach Scott Skiles said, referring to Shaquille O'Neal's expected runaway with that award. "I almost feel like, how could anybody vote for anyone else?"

Rogers received 86 percent of the votes, the second-largest percentage in the 18 years the Sixth Man Award has been presented. Cliff Robinson, now Rogers' teammate, received 90.8 percent of the votes for the award when he was with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1992-93.

Rogers, who signed a free-agent contract with Phoenix for the $2 million exception allowed over the salary cap, averaged 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game for the Suns.