Winning awards is important but for that to come one needs to win the respect of one's opponents on the court, according to Hana Horáková, the newly crowned European Women's Player of the Year 2010.
The Fenerbahce guard, who captained her Czech national team to a silver medal at last year's FIBA World Championship and was voted as the FIBA Europe top women's player for 2010 on Wednesday, is known for her never-say-die attitude and her hard work on and off the court.
"Winning the award was of course extremely pleasing," Horáková said to the Czech News Agency (CTK). "After the announcement was made I still had difficulty believing [it was true] in the beginning. But after a while I finally came to realize [it was real].
"But an award in itself will do nothing if you don't try hard enough to win the respect of your opponents on the actual field of play."
A professional basketball's player schedule can be very busy these days, leaving very little time for celebrations of any kind and Horáková says she is no exception.
"We [Fenerbahce] have two games coming up this week so everybody at the club congratulated me and we then all went to have a coffee. No time for parties right now," she said.