In 2009, the Lakers won ESPN’s ESPY award for “Best Team” after winning their first title since 2002 with a 4-1 series victory over the Orlando Magic.
This year, the Saints took New Orleans to its first Super Bowl to win the team award and overshadow L.A.’s title at Boston’s expense, but Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson received awards to recognize their respective individual accomplishments.
Bryant was named best NBA player for a season in which he was named Finals MVP, an All-Star and as a member of both the All-NBA First Team and All-NBA Defensive First Team.
Jackson was recognized as the best coach in sports after taking a team to a title for the 11th time in his men-leading career.
For Kobe, it was the fifth ESPY he’s received, having previously been recognized for his 81-point game, another best player accolade in 2008 and for best team awards in 2002 and 2009.