For all you Kobe haters.
Interesting that the other guard who made first team routinely gets abused by Kobe. Lakers' Bryant makes All-Defensive team for seventh time
The guard joins San Antonio teammates Duncan and Bowen, Phoenix's Bell and Denver's Camby on the first team.
From the Associated Press
May 1, 2007
NEW YORK -- Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was selected to the NBA All-Defensive first team for the seventh time, joining San Antonio forward Tim Duncan, who made his 10th straight first team, and the Spurs' Bruce Bowen.
Bowen, also a forward, was the top vote-getter in being selected for the seventh time. He received 42 votes, six more than Duncan.
Denver Nuggets center Marcus Camby, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, was chosen for the first time.
"Honestly, besides winning a championship, that was the only other goal I had," said Camby, who had made the All-Defensive second team the last two seasons.
Rounding out the first team was guard Raja Bell of the Phoenix Suns, making his first appearance on the team.
Bowen and Duncan helped the Spurs hold opponents to 90.1 points (first in the NBA) and a .433 shooting percentage from the field (third). San Antonio has finished in the top five in both categories in each of Duncan's 10 seasons.
Camby led the NBA in blocks per game (3.30) and was tied for fourth in rebounds (11.7). Bryant ranked 17th in steals (1.44), while Bell often matches up against the opposition's best offensive player.
The second team consists of Chicago teammates Ben Wallace and Kirk Hinrich, New Jersey's Jason Kidd, Detroit's Tayshaun Prince and Minnesota's Kevin Garnett.
Voting was done by the league's 30 head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/la-sp-nbarep1may01,1,702843.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nba-lakers&ctrack=3&cset=true