May 26, 2004
NEW YORK - Ray Allen
of the Seattle SuperSonics led all players in votes with 30 to earn his fourth consecutive First Team appearance on the NBA All-Interview team when the NBA Public Relations Directors Association (NBAPRDA) announced the 2003-04 All-Interview teams today. Fellow Sonics guard Brent Barry
(16 votes) joined Allen on the First Team, his second All-Interview selection.
The NBA All-Interview First Team is rounded out by first-time selections Jermaine O’Neal of the Indiana Pacers (22 votes) and Elton Brand of the Los Angeles Clippers (19 votes) and Steve Nash of the Dallas Mavericks (17 votes) with his third selection. The NBA All-Interview First Team coach is the 2003-04 NBA Coach of the Year, Memphis’ Hubie Brown (23 votes).
Los Angeles Lakers forward Karl Malone
(11 votes) makes his 17th consecutive appearance on the All-Interview Team earning Second Team honors. Joining Malone on the Second Team are teammates Rick Fox
(10 votes) with his second selection and Shaquille O’Neal
(10 votes) with his third selection. Joining the three Lakers on the Second Team are Minnesota’s Sam Cassell
(13 points) and Milwaukee’s Michael Redd
(11 votes), both making their first appearance on the NBA All-Interview Team. The NBA All-Interview Second Team’s coach is Minnesota’s Flip Saunders
, who earned his first All-Interview Team selection with eight votes.
A total of 69 players and 20 coaches were named on at least one of the 62 ballots cast. Sonics Coach Nate McMillan received one vote. The voting panel consisted of members of the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA). They were asked to vote for a coach and five players, without regard to position, based on their accessibility and ability to provide informative and interesting quotes.
Following are the voting results for the 2003-04 NBA All-Interview Team:
2003-04 NBA ALL-INTERVIEW FIRST TEAM
|Ray Allen, Seattle||30|
|Jermaine O’Neal, Indiana||22|
|Elton Brand, L.A. Clippers||19|
|Steve Nash, Dallas||17|
|Brent Barry, Seattle||16|
|COACH: Hubie Brown, Memphis||23|
2003-04 NBA ALL-INTERVIEW SECOND TEAM
|Sam Cassell, Minnesota||13|
|Karl Malone, L.A. Lakers||11|
|Michael Redd, Milwaukee||11|
|Rick Fox, L.A. Lakers||10|
|Shaquille O’Neal, L.A. Lakers||10|
|COACH: Flip Saunders, Minnesota||8|
Other players receiving votes: Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, 9; Kevin Garnett, Minnesota, 9; P.J. Brown, New Orleans, 7; Yao Ming, Houston, 7; Chris Webber, Sacramento, 7; Tracy McGrady, Orlando, 6; Damon Stoudamire, Portland, 6; Shane Battier, Memphis, 5; Jalen Rose, Toronto, 5; Eric Williams, Cleveland, 5; Carlos Boozer, Cleveland, 4; Vlade Divac, Sacramento, 4; LeBron James, Cleveland, 4; Antawn Jamison, Dallas, 4; Jason Kidd, New Jersey, 4; Carmelo Anthony, Denver, 3; Gilbert Arenas, Washington, 3; Chauncey Billups, Detroit, 3; Richard Jefferson, New Jersey, 3; Brad Miller, Sacramento, 3; Ben Wallace, Detroit, 3; Rafer Alston, Miami, 2; Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia, 2; Antonio Davis, Chicago, 2; Penny Hardaway, New York, 2; Steve Francis, Houston, 2; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 2; Gary Payton, L.A. Lakers, 2; Maurice Taylor, Houston, 2; Nick Van Exel, Golden State, 2; Shandon Anderson, New York, 1; Darrell Armstrong, New Orleans, 1; Ron Artest, Indiana, 1; Jon Barry, Denver, 1; Raja Bell, Utah, 1; Vince Carter, Toronto, 1; Ricky Davis, Boston, 1; Baron Davis, New Orleans, 1; Adonal Foyle, Golden State, 1; Allan Houston, New York, 1; Juwan Howard, Orlando, 1; Bobby Jackson, Sacramento, 1; Stephen Jackson, Atlanta, 1; Damon Jones, Milwaukee, 1; Eddie Jones, Miami, 1; Andrei Kirilenko, Utah, 1; Jamaal Magloire, New Orleans, 1; Corey Maggette, L.A. Clippers, 1; Avery Johnson, Golden State, 1; Jamal Mashburn, New Orleans, 1; Aaron McKie, Philadelphia, 1; Reggie Miller, Indiana, 1; Dikembe Mutombo, New York, 1; Scottie Pippen, Chicago, 1; Latrell Sprewell, Minnesota, 1; Eric Snow, Philadelphia, 1; Jerry Stackhouse, Washington, 1; Tim Thomas, New York, 1; Rasheed Wallace, Detroit, 1.
Other coaches receiving votes: Larry Brown, Detroit, 5; Paul Silas, Cleveland, 4; Jerry Sloan, Utah, 2; Jeff Van Gundy, Houston, 2; Rick Adelman, Sacramento, 2; Jeff Bzdelik, Denver, 2; Gregg Popovich, San Antonio, 2; Kevin O’Neill, Toronto, 2; Nate McMillan, Seattle, 1; John Carroll, Boston, 1; Eric Musselman, Golden State, 1; Don Nelson, Dallas, 1; Maurice Cheeks, Portland, 1; Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers, 1; Terry Porter, Milwaukee, 1; Stan Van Gundy, Miami, 1; Scott Skiles, Chicago, 1; Rick Carlisle, Indiana, 1.
Selected Allen Quotes:
On returning from the injured list:
"This is what I do. Injured list, retirement, anything that keeps me from playing basketball, I don’t know how to deal with it because I’ve been doing this my whole life."
On scoring 42 points this season against Portland:
"Everything that I shot tonight in the second half I knew it was in, whether I made it or not. Straight up and straight back down, I knew it was going in."
On being named to the All-Star team:
"It's one thing to do it one time. There are a lot of NBA players who say they have been an All-Star one time. And they will celebrate that the rest of their life. But to continue to do it ... that's my goal, to be great every year, play at a level that not a lot of people can play at."
Selected Barry Quotes:
On the team's superior record with him in the lineup:
"Obviously, I'm just a darn good player."
On being elbowed in the mouth during a game:
"I'll have trouble chewing my Pagliacci pizza tonight."
On his first pregame huddle as Sonics captain:
"The ref just goes, 'You guys have any questions?' And we said, 'No.' And they said, 'All right, have a good game.' And I said, 'That's it? I've been waiting to do this, and that's it? That's all you get?'"