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Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Voted to NBA All-Star Team

January 23rd, 2014 at 10:02 PM
By Anousheh Emadi

Despite playing only six games through the first half of the regular season, Los Angeles Lakers' star Kobe Bryant has been voted in by the fans to his 16th NBA All-Star team.

Bryant  joins Golden State Warriors' sharpshooter Stephen Curry in the backcourt, while Oklahoma City Thunder's superstar Kevin Durant, Minnesota Timberwolves' versatile big man Kevin Love, and Los Angeles Clippers' high-flying forward Blake Griffin will represent the Western Conference starting five.

In the Eastern Conference, fans have voted in a starting five consisting of Miami Heat's dynamic duo of Lebron James and guard Dwayne Wade, Indiana Pacers' versatile forward Paul George, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, and Cleveland Cavaliers' point guard Kyrie Irving.

But will Kobe be able to play during All-Star weekend?

The Black Mamba is currently recovering from a left knee injury after missing the beginning of the season due to a torn Achilles tendon from last April. Bryant is set to be reevaluated next week to establish if he's ready to return. 

If the 35-year-old does not attend the match, the NBA commissioner will determine his replacement. Because of a stacked Western Conference, there are many players who can effectively replace the future Hall of Famer.

Bryant recently convinced fans to vote for the younger guys such as Portland Trailblazers' flashy point guard Damian Lillard — though he is considered a lock as Western Conference reserve— but due to the shooting guard's vast popularity and respect, he was voted in anyway.

Interestingly enough, Bryant's former teammate and the center who Lakerland believed would be their next franchise superstar, Dwight Howard, was not voted in. Love beat Howard by just 8,000 votes; however, the Houston Rocket's starting center is still presumed to be chosen as a reserve by the coaches.

Vino was third in voting in the Western Conference behind Durant and Curry — a total of 988, 884 votes to be exact.                 

Tags: All Star, Basketball, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard, Eastern Conference, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, Paul George, Stephen Curry, Western Conference

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