Monday , Apr , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Artest highlights NBA’s All-Defensive First Team

=== Artest highlights NBA’s All-Defensive First Team ===

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The NBA announced its 2003-04 All-Defensive
Teams on Monday and Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest led all players in
voting.

Artest, who was recently named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, made his
first appearance on the All-Defensive First Team. He finished third in the
league in steals with an average of 2.08 per contest and also held opposing
players to just 8.1 points per outing.

Joining Artest on the First Team was two-time Defensive Player of the Year Ben
Wallace of the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs guard Bruce Bowen, Minnesota
Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

Wallace, the Defensive Player of the Year the past two seasons, made his third
consecutive appearance on the All-Defensive First Team, while Garnett was
chosen to the First Team for the fifth consecutive season. Bryant is a now a
three-time member of the First Team.

The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consisted of Utah Jazz forward Andrei
Kirilenko, San Antonio forward Tim Duncan, Portland Trail Blazers center Theo
Ratliff, Sacramento Kings guard Doug Christie and New Jersey Nets guard Jason
Kidd.

The voting panel consisted of the league’s 29 head coaches, who were asked to
pick NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position. However, the
coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own club.