Los Angeles Lakers: Bill Simmons
May, 6, 2010
By Andy Kamenetzky
|Andy and Brian discuss Lakers-Jazz, Kobe's refreshed legs, and why some still want to trade Andrew Bynum. Plus, penalties for obscure laws and the danger of combining hats and headbands
Kobe Bryant was named for the fifth year running as a member of the NBA All-Defensive team. First string, no less. His cohorts are Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and Gerald Wallace. Given Mamba was tabbed among these elite lockdown artists and finished third in the MVP voting, it stands to reason he'd make the All-NBA First Team.
Which is exactly how the voting shook out.
Along with Kevin Durant, Howard, James, and Dwyane Wade, Kobe rounds out the top five. Happy news, but there's even more purple and gold representation. Pau Gasol garnered Third Team honors and Andrew Bynum received three points' worth of votes. (On the "purely local" front, Chris Kaman landed nine points.)