The NBA announced on Wednesday morning that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team for the 8th time in his career and for the fifth straight season.
Bryant, voted to the first team in 2000, ’03, ’04, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09 by the NBA’s head coaches, was also named to the second team twice (2001 and ’02) for a total of 10 times in his 14 seasons.
Despite a terrific individual season on D, L.A. forward and defensive specialist Ron Artest didn’t receive enough points* to make the second team, earning 13 points, one fewer than Oklahoma City’s Thabo Sefolosha (14) for the final spot on the Second Team.
*Two points were given for a first team vote, one for a second team vote.
Lamar Odom received one first team vote, Pau Gasol one second team vote and Bryant 13 first team and eight second team votes (34 points) to round out the total margin for L.A.
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