Kobe Bryant made the all-defensive 1st team. Congrats to Kobe!

smallNBA.com:   2008-09 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points
Center Dwight Howard, Orlando 27 1 55
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 24 5 53
Forward LeBron James, Cleveland 22 3 47
Guard Chris Paul, New Orleans 15 6 36
Forward Kevin Garnett, Boston 13 9 35

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  • Mr. Laker

    LeBron? There is no way he should have made it over shane battier, ron-ron….unbelievable Congrats to Kobe though

  • bg

    i was surprised that i didnt see DWade there, but another Laker victory!!

  • kobe8

    i love Kobe but i’m not sure about this one

  • http://myspace.com/badlatinmutha JohnJOhn

    Great KB how about another CHAMPIONSHIP.

  • http://www.motivewebdesigns.com MrRJ

    There is no way LeBron shouldn’t be on their, his defense has been phenomenal, Kobe over dwade??? surprising..

    Congrats

  • kb248

    I love kobe but his D was suspect this year

  • mr.laker19

    D-Wade has to be there over Paul, Kobe still is first team. Buy it is ridiculous that Wade didnt make it though

  • Matt from Dallas

    yah i agree Wade should have been over paul but im just glad Kobe made it

  • Anthony

    I don’t know that Kobe should be on the first team, but then again should Lebron? Tell me what more he does then pop those blocks off the backboard? I understand that they’re wowing to the eyes and look great, but a blocks a block a majority of the time.

  • lakerschamps-09

    yea congrats kobe… but wade shud be there over kobe or paul… but whh watever

  • http://butthegameison.com/blog ButTheGameIsOn

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    I’d move Kobe to small forward, LeBron to power forward and Wade slips into the 2 guard.

  • kobe8

    So, Kobe was only 2 points from leading the voting?? LMAO

  • Eidraq

    although i agree with most of you that he hasnt focused solely on d with a lot of shooting guards…you also have to take into account how many other guys have been able to hold lbj, wade, etc to low fg% and pts in games matched up..when kb needs to, he turns up that defense to lock down..stats are the only thing that should show up in d..congrats kb

  • Eidraq

    ^^ my mistake, stats are NOT the only thing that should show up in d*

  • http://THELAKERNATI.COM BrownMamba101

    As much as love kobe, he didnt deserve this one lol, but hey, this just adds kobe’s phenomenal resume.

  • lalball81

    Huge compliment to Kobe, seeing as the 30 head coaches voted for the first team. To us fans he may not have been deserving, but to the coaches league wide he almost lead the voting.

    My guess is he’s very vocal with the Lakers on defense, so he’s responsible for a lot of the team defense being played. Kinda like KG last year.

  • T-Dub

    Just because you play passing lanes and get steals and have weak side block shots doesn’t mean you play great defense! It just means you’re a good cheater. Good D is maning up and making you’re guy shoot a low percentage. CP-3, D-Wade and Lebron are good cheaters, not defenders!

  • Michael_23

    I think Kobe was 2nd again last year behind KG. Imagine if he’d ever win scoring champion and defensive player of the year. Wow, that would take a lot out of him.

  • ab4sure

    Dwade deserved it over kobe. Kobe totally cheats on defense. How often have we seen Kobe get burned by laying off his man way too much.

  • ROCKETS RULE YA BEYATCHES

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  • Vibe

    I am literally shocked.um but its not like wade is a lock down defender so really no biggie. But congrats kobe.

  • will

    kobe’s defense was great, but not as great as dwade’s this year. kevin garnett shouldn’t have been on there since he didn’t play the full season

  • Lakers 24 7

    Kobe doesn’t play D all the time, but we’ve all seen that when he decides to switch to defense mode, he can lock down anybody.

  • PauKobeBynumOdomDynasty

    wait KG? whats he doing up there??? How many game did he play in the playoffs? In the season?

    I was surprised Kobe and LBJ made it…wheres Wade?

  • zgum

    What James? sheeessh, wade’s better defender than him.

    Oh well , James and Stern…