Kobe is the leading vote-getter by a massive margin for his farewell NBA all-star game after voters selected him for a record 18th time.
With 1.9 million votes, Kobe Bryant was miles ahead than the rest in the voting of all-star game in which would be his last of the career. Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry will join the legendary NBA player in the starting lineup. It will be the first time experience for Leonard to start in an all-star game while Lowry will be making an appearance on his home court in Toronto.
The second person in the list behind Kobe Bryant was MVP Stephen Curry of Golden State. However, he was 0.3 million behind the leading vote getter and get 1.3 million votes compared to Kobe’s 1.9. He and Kobe will welcome Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook of Oklahoma City.
The fact that it would be Kobe’s last all-star game, would make this an even more interesting game to witness. Miami’s Dwyane Wade is really looking forward to see Kobe play for the last time and is already getting excited by it.
“It’ll be a special All-Star because this is Kobe’s last run,” Dwyane Wade said. “Obviously, I wasn’t in the league and didn’t get a chance to see (Michael) Jordan’s, but I was watching as a fan and it looked like it would be something cool to be a part of. So this will be special.”
It will be Kobe’s 18th time playing for the all-stars but he is still behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was selected for the all-star game a record 19 times. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a four time all-star game MVP and with 280 points in the game, is a career leader. However, James is just two points behind.
Leonard, who will be tasting his first ever experience of an all-star game, has joined an elite group of players to be selected an all-star, NBA finals MVP and NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The only two player apart from him who have achieve the same feat are Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Lowry on the other hand is feeling pretty excited to be part of the all-star game. Talking to reporters, he expressed his delight at being selected for the game and is really looking forward to the first ever All-Star game that is being held outside the United States.
“It is an honor to be voted as a starter for the All-Star Game, especially for one in my home arena,” Lowry said in a statement. “I am thankful to all the great Raptors fans across Canada and throughout the NBA.”
Stephen Curry will be making his third straight all-star start and is delighted by the fact that the game will be played in Torinoto.
“It’s going to be a fun experience for both sides of my family,” Stephen Curry said in a video posted by the Warriors. “I lived there for three years, my wife is from there, she has a lot of family that still is up there that’s going to be able to celebrate with us.”