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Kobe Bryant selected to NBA All-Defensive team

Kobe_250 Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was selected to the NBA All-Defensive team for a 10th time, joining Orlando center Dwight Howard, Cleveland forward LeBron James, Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace and Boston guard Rajon Rondo.

The award was determined by a vote of the NBA's 30 head coaches.

Bryant, who averaged 1.6 steals a game, has been a first-team selection eight times in his career, including the last five seasons. He was a second-team selection in 2001 and 2002.

Lakers forward Ron Artest received some votes but not enough to make the second team, which consisted of San Antonio center-forward Tim Duncan, Atlanta forward Josh Smith, Cleveland forward Anderson Varejao, Miami guard Dwyane Wade and Oklahoma City guard Thabo Sefolosha.

Artest was 13th overall in the voting, receiving three first-team votes from coaches. Lakers forward Lamar Odom received one first-team vote and one second-team vote, while Pau Gasol received a second-team vote. 

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Kobe Bryant. Credit: Chris Carlson / Associated Press.

 
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That's what I'm talkin' about!

No way Anderson Varejo or Thabo Sefolosha should have beaten out Ron Artest for the NBA All-Defensive second team. This is just more of the ESPN’s and the national sports media’s east coast bias. Just ask Thabo’s teammate Kevin Durant about Ron Artest. Man, I hate ESPN.
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TOM

As before, the cards are falling in place nicely.

Utah will not be a threat. So here's what we need to have happen:

Suns have to beat the Spurs. The Suns are an easier opponent for the Lakers. The Suns have no big thugs that can detour Pau Gasol, and we all know that when the conditions favor Pau, he's a remarkable player. Pau does well when he's not confronted with big players, or physically aggressive players. The presence of Duncan on the Spurs will compromise Pau's game, which will put more pressure on Bynum and Kobe. The Suns have no one that will take Pau out of his comfort zone. So, we need the Suns to take out the Spurs, and this may very well happen.

If this is the case, then I would say the Lakers over the Suns in 6.

As far as the East; the Cavs will not make it past Boston. Even if they do (and this won't happen), the Cavs won't get passed Orlando. This will set up a very interesting summer, as all the trade talk/free agency will center around Lebron and Dwayne Wade.

Again, the Cavs will not make it to the NBA Finals. We will have a rematch of last year's finals: The Lakers versus the Magic.

In that series, I don't see how the Magic can beat the Lakers. Futher analysis on why this is will come later.

I honestly didn't think this 2 months ago, but my prediction now that the Laker Killing Teams are out, is that the Lakers will repeat as NBA champions.

RONDO ... Thats what Im talkin' about!

Congrats 131, Rondo is a budding star BBaller...but he's no KOBEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Thanks Mamba ... He may not be Kobe but Ill take it. His shot is getting better and better. Not bad for a late first round pick.

Pau Gasol is "The Man". He can stop DH (two times, in the finals and at olimpics), also can stop Tim Duncan and KG. He can stop everybody. In the other side, kobe cant stop Lebron, Wade or Paula Pierce. Sorry, but i think that Pau Gasol is not the problem.

Pau Gasol is "The Man". He can stop DH (two times, in the finals and at olimpics), also can stop Tim Duncan and KG. He can stop everybody. In the other side, kobe cant stop Lebron, Wade or Paula Pierce. Sorry, but i think that Pau Gasol is not the problem.

Posted by: ricky | May 05, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Good job Ricky you tell them ... Now you just have to correct the first part of your statement!

How is Kobe first team when he's not even the best defender on his own team? Ron Artest guards the opponents best perimeter player every night. Kobe is a roamer on defense. He hasn't been a great defender since Shaq left because of his offensive responsibilites.

KOBE D
Need a lil defense in your game, Who do you call Kobe’s the name
Forget about the fact he hit 81, No one gets by him, no not one
Don’t try to streak down the lane, Kobe will steal the ball and score again
Look the opponents about to Dunk, Kobe Blocked that Ish with a Thunk
When Kobe & Thriller patrol the lane, Aint no use your team can’t gain
Three seconds left, the Lakers down by 1, Kobe Time aint this fun
He can win with his shot or win with his D, when it’s time to win call Kobe


Kobe has good D when he decides to use it but I haven't seen him use it that often in the past few years. Ron Ron was snubbed but maybe that will inspire him to play even harder on D throughout the playoffs.

The media really know how to motivate the Lakers. You can deprive the Lakers every individual awards, from the players, coaching staff and front office but there is one thing you cannot deprive us, RINGS!!! As what Jon K says, we play for RINGS!!!

I know this is off topic.. but this lakers/jazz series really highlights the flaws of all the "quants" guys that run all over ESPN, especially Hollinger.

You can't quantify effort. It's very difficult to quantify "match-ups". Utah looks great to Hollinger and the other quants, but those of us who actually WATCH the games knew they never really had a chance. The Lakers have played like they dont care all year, and now they're stepping up.

I haven't seen a Hollinger apology post yet.

And what if the celtics take out Lebron?

And although the Laker/Jazz games have SEEMED close, it looks like the Lakers are just toying w the Jazz out there. The body language is so relaxed. Arash Markazi nailed it EXACTLY w the big brother/little brother post

The Lakers are the defending champs, working they're way back into Championship form. WHY? Do so many fan want the easy way back to the title. It's all about match-ups, the run and gun Thunders are on vacations that was the toughest match-up till the final. I can't believe there are LAKERS fans pulling for the Gang Green never, never, EVER. Taking about home court, we're the DEFENDING CHAMPS, that's going to make it that much SWEETER.
I don't need any CUP CAKES on this JOURNEY; I want the BEST because we're the WORLD CAMPS.

@Troy Really you want Lakers to meet the Suns? Remember Amare Stoudamire? I think the Spurs with an old Tim Duncan is better than that athletic beast of a player

Kobe's first team, since when; I've not seen much"D" from him all this season. Thriller should have been voted first team, Kobe scores 20 his man scores 20, he gambles too much, most of the time. Playing the passing lanes, not respecting the man he's guarding. Appears to me the media and sportswriters phoned it inn.

"I know this is off topic.. but this lakers/jazz series really highlights the flaws of all the "quants" guys that run all over ESPN, especially Hollinger.

You can't quantify effort. It's very difficult to quantify "match-ups". Utah looks great to Hollinger and the other quants, but those of us who actually WATCH the games knew they never really had a chance. The Lakers have played like they dont care all year, and now they're stepping up.

I haven't seen a Hollinger apology post yet.

And what if the celtics take out Lebron?

And although the Laker/Jazz games have SEEMED close, it looks like the Lakers are just toying w the Jazz out there. The body language is so relaxed. Arash Markazi nailed it EXACTLY w the big brother/little brother post

Posted by: sean | May 05, 2010 at 01:19 PM "

I missed Hollinger's post, did he pick Utah to win the first two games in LA? Somehow I doubt that.

I'd wait until the Lakers play a few games in Utah before making such a strong post about the matchups in this series. I wouldn't be surprised at all if this series goes 7 without a team losing a home game.

I don't think there's anybody on either team that thinks Utah can win this.

I don't think there's anybody on either team that thinks Utah can win this.

I really can't understand how Artest could possibly be left off the team. I thought it was the media voting but its apparently the coaches. You would think they would have been paying attention. His defense has been awe-inspiring at times this year.

It's a good thing if they want to underestimate Artest's defense. That will only inspire Ron to lock everybody down.

"I really can't understand how Artest could possibly be left off the team. I thought it was the media voting but its apparently the coaches. You would think they would have been paying attention. His defense has been awe-inspiring at times this year.

Posted by: buddy monk | May 05, 2010 at 02:26 PM"

Until that 5 game stretch in February or whenever it was, Artest was being deemed a failure on defense with his weight issues and plantar fascitis leaving him unable to stay with anyone defensively. He was much improved in the second half but his peak defensive days are clearly behind him.

However much credit you feel he deserves for Durant's struggles in the playoffs is irrelevant because the voting was done before the playoffs started.

That Kobe got on the first team despite being injured and not really being much of a factor on defense in years shows you how little this award means anyway.

Congrats to Kobe. How did Josh Smith not make the first team?

I'm actually not sure that Lebron and Kobe deserved to be on either team, though I'm happy as a Lakers fan that he received that honor.

Paul Gasol and Lamar Odom being on the team is a joke. They might as well have put Luke Walton on the all defensive team.

Wow. Kobe wins an award and the haters are out in force.

Congrats, Kobe.

Kobe, like all players is human, so there will be defensive lapses or or overplays. Nevertheless, he is one of the 5 best defensive players over-all in the game, and has been.
Verajao? No way! While he is annoying and can occasionally play tough "help" defense" I would think that an NBA "All-Defensive Team" member would not depend on help to be goood!!!
Sefolosha? a very good defender. So are the other 1st team members
Ron Artest? he clearly has been one of the best over-all over a number of years (and clearly the best earlier in his career.) At the very least he should have been on the second team.
Go Lakers! Keep swatting opponents and impose your will and all will be fine ...again!

Congratulations, Kobe!

You deserve it!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Jerry Malone,

Go choke to death on sewage.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Wade is better than kobe and should clearly have been all defensive first team. he has 1.8 steals average and over 1 blocks. kobe cant even average 1. WADE RULES kobe=lebron ( but kobe and lebron suck anyway)


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