MALONE MILESTONE: Even Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar never accomplished what Karl Malone did yesterday -- make the all-NBA first team for the 11th time.
The Jazz forward, winner of the NBA's MVP award, was the leading vote-getter on the team with 580 points and 113 first-team votes from a panel of 118 NBA writers and broadcasters. He finished four points ahead of the Spurs' Tim Duncan, who had 576 points and 112 first-team votes. Joining Malone and Duncan on the first team were the Heat's Alonzo Mourning, the 76ers' Allen Iverson and the Suns' Jason Kidd. Malone's 11 first-team appearances are a record.
Jordan, Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy, Bob Pettit and Jerry West each made it 10 times.
Voted to the second team were Chris Webber of the Kings, Grant Hill of the Pistons, Shaquille O'Neal of the Lakers, Gary Payton of the Sonics and Tim Hardaway of the Heat.
The Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett, Antonio McDyess of the Nuggets, Hakeem Olajuwon of the Rockets, Kobe Bryant of the Lakers and John Stockton of the Jazz made the third team.
Of the 15 players on the three teams, 11 are from the Western Conference. Only one of the 15, Duncan, plays for a team that made it to either conference final.
FINED: Larry Johnson and the Knicks were each fined $10,000 by the NBA because Johnson twice failed to make himself available to the media.