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Nets usher Sharon Spencer awarded NBA Values of the Game award

Every year, the NBA hands out its “Values of the Game” award, which goes to an individual who exemplifies the values of the league.

And this year, the award is going to Sharon Spencer, the usher for Sections 24 and 25 at Barclays Center, and a woman with a story as inspiring as any in the league.

Spencer, 51, is both a breast cancer survivor and an amputee, having lost her leg to a car accident caused by a drunk driver. Between her cancer and the accident, she has undergone 22 surgeries. But her courage is undaunted, as the Nets noted in their on-court tribute Wednesday...

Nets CEO Brett Yormark pointed out that Spencer has been with the Nets and Barclays Center since the arena opened in 2012.

“Sharon has overcome so many obstacles in life, but continues to come in with a smile, diligence, and a work ethic that you very seldom see,” said Yormark, who nominated Spencer for the honor.

As for Spencer, she said simply, “It’s not what happens to you. It’s how you handle what happens to you.”