Wallace wins fourth award for defense
Monday, May 8, 2006
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Detroit center Ben Wallace won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award for the fourth time in five years, a person within the Pistons organization told The Associated Press on Sunday.
The source said Wallace will be presented with the award Tuesday night before Game 2 of the second-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"Is that for sure? Don't get me excited over nothing now," Wallace said after Detroit beat the Cavs 113-86 in the series opener. "That means a lot. That's my pride and joy."
Wallace joins Dikembe Mutombo as the only four-time Defensive Player of the Year in league history.
Detroit won an NBA-high and franchise-record 64 games during the regular season
Wallace ranked fourth in the NBA in rebounding (11.3), ninth in blocks (2.2) and 10th in steals (1.78) -- the only player among the top 10 in all three categories .
Wallace scored 7.3 points a game this season, and has not averaged double digits in any of his 10 years in the league.
-- The Associated Press