NBA All-Star Game 2016: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant Lead First Voting Results

December 25th, 2015 by Timothy Rapp Leave a reply »

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant led the first voting results for their respective conferences for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, the NBA announced Friday:

Bryant, who is retiring after this season, led all players. Defending league MVP Steph Curry was second in the voting and ahead of all guards, while Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade had the most votes among the Eastern Conference guards.

For Bryant, 37, the game would be his final appearance—and his 18th overall, one behind the record set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—since he announced his retirement after this season earlier in the year. 

"I mean it would be great to play in it. If I'm not in it, I'm not going to beat myself up over that either," Bryant said earlier in December, per Baxter Holmes of ESPN. "I'll support the game no matter what. Support the players no matter what."

Bryant added:

It would be great, but at the same time I've played in a lot of them, so it's always great to have the younger guys step up and get their opportunities as well. I've played in quite a few. If I'm fortunate to be there, I'll be extrem ...

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