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Kobe Bryant selected to NBA All-Defensive team

May 5, 2010 | 11:33 am

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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