There are worse ways to learn about an NBA All-Defensive snub than while enjoying your wife's birthday at the White House. Suns forward Grant Hill was left off the coaches' All-Defensive first and second teams despite hard campaigning from his coach, Alvin Gentry. Hill finished seventh in media voting for Defensive Player of the Year but was not among the 10 picked by coaches. He received four first-team votes and three second-team votes but was bypassed by 22 opposing coaches. He finished tied for fourth among forwards but Chicago's Joakim Noah was classified as a forward/center to take the fourth forward spot because he had more votes. "No one did more defensively for their team than him," Gentry said of Hill, who was at the White House on Monday as a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. "He got punished for what we did as a team. I'd like to know who else guarded Amar'e Stoudemire, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Manu Ginobili, Kevin Durant and everything but a five (center)."
Grant Hill snubbed by coaches for defense honor
Arizona Republic | May 10