Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is happy for Joakim Noah, who was named to the NBA All-Defensive second team announced Monday. But there's no defense for leaving Luol Deng off the All-Defensive first team, Thibodeau said. "In my eyes, Luol deserves to be first team,'' said Thibodeau, surprised that even Derrick Rose, who narrowly missed joining Noah on the second team, got more votes from the league's 30 coaches than Deng. "Joakim has played well, and Derrick has certainly improved a lot. But to me, Luol's an all-league defender.'' Named to the first team were Orlando's Dwight Howard, Boston's Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett, Miami's LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant. Joining Noah on the second team were Memphis' Tony Allen, New Orleans' Chris Paul, Dallas' Tyson Chandler and Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala. While Noah missed 30 games with a thumb injury, Deng, who logged a team-high 39.1 minutes per game, was the most important cog in a team defense that finished second in points allowed and led the league in field-goal and three-point defense.
Noah gets his reward, but what about Deng?
Chicago Sun-Times | May 10