Tuesday, April 22, 2008

KG is 2008 NBA Defensive POY

kevin garnett boston celtics 2007-08

Congratulations go out to Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics. KG aka the "Big Ticket" has earned this year's "Defensive Player of the Year" award for the NBA. The forward was traded from the TWolves to Boston prior to the 2007-08 season in a huge multi-player deal. KG and the Celtics never looked back as they steamrolled through the NBA competition this season, en route to the best record in the league, after beating every single NBA team.

From Boston Globe:

Kevin Garnett became the first player in Celtics history to win the Defensive Player of the Year award, which was instituted in 1983.

Garnett, an 11-time All-Star, received 493 votes, including 90 first-place, 12 second-place and seven third-place votes, from a panel of 124 writers and broadcasters in the United States and Canada.

"Dealing with so much history already with this organization, obviously it's a big achievement," Garnett said after today's practice as the Celtics prepare to play the Hawks in Game 2 Wednesday of their first-round series. "I know this is getting cliche for ya'll [media] ... Obviously, it's an individual award. But I won't take this credit. It's for the team and I'll continue to let ya'll know that. If it was individual or different, or if I was playing tennis or golf, I'd obviously say that.

"But this is a team effort, man. It's an individual award, but it wouldn't mean anything without the team and the teammates that I have and the coaching staff. I have to give credit where credit is due."

Now KG can add the Defensive POY award to his achievements which may also include NBA MVP, Finals MVP and the ultimate prize: an NBA Championship ring. In the words of the latest Gatorade KG commercial, will he Be History or Make History

Also see: Manu Ginobili Wins 6th Man Award.

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