LEBRON JAMES was a unanimous pick for the All-NBA team and Kobe Bryant earned his record-tying 11th first-team selection.
James received all 119 votes for the first team from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Joining the league's MVP and Bryant on the first team yesterday were Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, San Antonio center Tim Duncan and Clippers guard Chris Paul
Bryant tied Utah Hall of Famer Karl Malone with his 11th first-team nod.
NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony led the second team, joined by guards Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker, center Marc Gasol and forward Blake Griffin.
The third team was Houston's James Harden, Miami's Dwyane Wade, Lakers center Dwight Howard and forwards Paul George of Indiana and David Lee of Golden State.
Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins will be a free agent after June 30. He has the Grizzlies in the Western Conference finals for the first time and has won more games with this team than any other coach.
He probably wouldn't have a problem getting another job, but is very happy with the one he has. And he's not worrying about what the future holds.
"I have a job," Hollins said. "I'm happy with where we are and excited about what we're doing. That's my only concern. Everything else is irrelevant."
New owners took over in November and decided to wait until after the season to see what they had before extending contracts. That has made Hollins a popular potential candidate for other openings.
Memphis needs Hollins' full postseason attention right now with the Grizzlies down 0-2 heading into tomorrow's Game 3 against San Antonio. They rallied from an 0-2 deficit against the Clippers in the first round, becoming only the 10th team to win four straight and the first to win all four by double digits.
The challenge now is tougher because no NBA team has won two series in the same postseason after trailing 0-2.
Dealing with adversity is nothing new for Hollins. The sixth selection overall in 1975 by Portland remembers having to wait to make sure his check had cleared in a career that included 673 games five teams. He also has a championship starting for the Trail Blazers in 1977 when they won the NBA title despite starting the finals with an 0-2 deficit themselves.
* For as intense and down-to-the-wire as Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals was, the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat shared the same thought yesterday. In their minds, Game 2, tonight in Miami, will be better.
Sure, Wednesday's 103-102 Heat series-opening win in overtime, with LeBron James scoring the game-winner on a layup as time expired, was great theater. But the teams combined for 41 turnovers, and play was at times choppy thanks in part to 58 personal fouls called in the game's 53 minutes.
Heat center Chris Bosh says the Heat will "play a lot better" in Game 2. As for the Pacers, they say they're moving on from the questionable decision to not have Roy Hibbert on the floor to defend the rim on the final play of Game 1.