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NBA tabs Wallace top defender again

Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Most of the Detroit Pistons showed up Monday driving luxury sport utility vehicles and exotic sedans.

Suitably, Ben Wallace rolled in with his pickup truck.

“It fits me,” he said.

The NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award did too, for the third time in four years.

Wallace, presented with the trophy at an afternoon news conference, joins Dikembe Mutombo as the only players to win the award three or more times.

Wallace, the only player in the top five in blocked shots (fifth) and rebounds (second), deflected credit to his teammates. “I wish we could divide this up and give a piece to everybody,” he said.

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