DENVER -- Finally, Marcus Camby's trophy case is getting
The Denver Nuggets' 33-year-old center, who won his first NBA
Defensive Player of the Year award last week, was named to the NBA
All-Defensive first team on Monday for the first time in his
"Honestly, besides winning a championship, that was the only
other goal I had," Camby said as he prepared for Game 4 of
Denver's playoff series with San Antonio.
Spurs forward Tim Duncan made his 10th straight NBA
All-Defensive first team, and Spurs teammate Bruce Bowen was the
top vote-getter in being selected for the seventh time. Bowen, also
a forward, received 42 votes, six more than Duncan.
Camby, who had made the All-Defensive second team the last two
seasons, said he appreciates finally being recognized by the
league's coaches who selected the teams but has a bigger goal in
"I want to win a championship," he said. "That's pretty much
all I'm thinking about."
Nuggets coach George Karl said Camby's recognition was long
"Sometimes when you're not on a marquee team or a team that
plays deep into the playoffs, some guys get left in the dust a
little bit," Karl said. "And a little bit I think he has stayed
at the top of the mountain whereas I don't think there's a lot of
guys coming to the top of the mountain. He and Ben Wallace are
big-time defenders and they've stayed there for going on five to 10
Camby averaged 11.7 rebounds and led the league in blocks (3.30)
this season, something he also did in Toronto in the late 1990s
when he first entered the league as the No. 2 overall selection out
"We were in Toronto," Camby said with a chuckle. "They didn't
even know we even existed."
Bowen and Duncan helped the Spurs hold opponents to 90.1 points
(first in the NBA) and .433 shooting from the field (third). San
Antonio has finished in the top five in both categories in each of
Duncan's 10 seasons.
Voting was done by the league's 30 head coaches, who were not
allowed to vote for their own players.