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Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum make All-NBA team

May 24, 2012|By Mark Medina
  • Lakers stars Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum share a laugh during a break at All-Star weekend.
Lakers stars Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum share a laugh during a break at… (Lynne Sladky / Associated…)

This hardly provides any solace to the Lakers after losing in five games to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals. It might even frustrate them even more, considering they had the talent to go farther in the playoffs despite an aging roster.

Kobe Bryant made the All-NBA first team for the 10th time in his career and seventh consecutive season. That honor reflects how Bryant proved once again that age (33 years) and basketball mileage (42,377 minutes) haven't significantly sapped his dominance.

Andrew Bynum made the  All-NBA second team for the first time in his seven-year career.  That reflects his career-highs in points (18.7), rebounds (11.8) and minutes (35.2) as well as passing Pau Gasol in the Lakers' offensive pecking order. It also shows that most of the 120 sportswriters and broadcasters through the United States and Canada still consider Dwight Howard better than Bynum.

Howard made the first team alongside Bryant, Miami’s LeBron James and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant. Named to the second team with Bynum were  San Antonio’s Tony Parker, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Minnesota’s Kevin Love.

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