Jeff Van Gundy said his quest to find out which NBA coach gave Carlos Boozer a vote for the all-NBA defensive team is based on more than keeping the integrity of NBA awards. It's based on the very fabric of our democratic system.
"Listen, as an entire nation, not basketball lovers, but as an entire nation, we have to look into voter fraud," Van Gundy told ESPNChicago.com's Nick Friedell on Wednesday before working Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. "We have to look into making a mockery of our system.
"Because he wouldn't make second team all-defense on the Bulls, let alone in the whole NBA. And I even think Carlos Boozer, sitting at home, got a good chuckle out of that one."
A panel of media chose Tyson Chandler as defensive player of the year, but it was the coaches who voted for the first and second all-defensive teams. And the coaches couldn't vote for their own players. LeBron James earned the most votes among the coaches. Luol Deng made the second team, and Joakim Noah earned 14 points.
Derrick Rose earned one point, as did Boozer, whose defense was so questionable that coach Tom Thibodeau sat him during fourth quarters of close games, including in the playoffs, in favor of Taj Gibson, who did not receive a vote.
A player receives two points for a first-team vote and one point for a second-team vote.
Van Gundy found it so surprising that the ESPN color analyst even raised the issue during Game 6 of the Celtics' conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers.
"I'm still on the search for the coach who voted for Carlos Boozes on the all-NBA defensive team," Van Gundy said at the time. "We have to root this person out."
The search continues.