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Monday, January 6th, 2014 at 10:20 am  |  16 responses

Kobe Bryant Asks Fans to Vote in Younger Players for All-Star Game

Having played in only six games so far this season, Kobe Bryant appreciates the fans’ undying love for him, but he doesn’t think he deserves to appear in the NBA All-Star Game next month. The injured Bryant urges voters to choose younger, healthier stars instead. Per the AP:

“Even though there’s so much respect that comes from me to be able to play for the fans, I’d much rather see the young guys go out there and play in the game,” Bryant said before the Lakers faced Denver on Sunday night. “They’ve obviously put the work in to be there that weekend, so I’d much rather see them go in there and participate.”

Although Bryant won’t mind at all if fans pass on him this time, that doesn’t look likely so far: Bryant was the second-leading vote-getter in the Western Conference in vote totals released by the NBA on Dec. 26 with 723,031 votes, trailing only LeBron James and Kevin Durant in the overall balloting.

“That’s obviously a sensitive topic for me personally, because you want to feel like you deserve to be in the game and play,” Bryant said. “But then there’s the other side of the argument where you’ve put in a lot of work over the years, and (if) fans vote you in, you want to go out there and show your appreciation and respect to them. I think it’s always a delicate balance, but from where I come from, I really enjoy watching what the young guys are doing and how they’re performing.”

“I probably won’t be able to come back (to the Lakers) soon enough to be able to make my stamp or be able to make my mark on a game,” Bryant said. “So my advice would be to focus on younger players, the Damian Lillards of the world, because they’re more than deserving to be out there and playing that weekend.”

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  • Spokerface

    first he waits untill he’s gotten enough votes and then he does this…. nice try Kobe!

  • ItAintRalphTho

    Pretty sure this is the first time he has been asked about his thoughts on the voting. Did you want him to make a Public service announcement or?..

  • Love The Game

    LOL…I’m gonna assume Spokerface is kidding with this one. The hate simply can’t be that strong. But no doubt…somebody thinks Kobe would sit at home and formulate this evil master plan to annoy the world…Sinister I say!

  • Anthony

    17 years in the league, and what 14/15 years as an All-Star?…at a certain age in your life your perspectice just changes on things.

  • brothasdontsurf

    Kobe doesn’t need votes, in every road game he plays from Cali to Boston you can see his jersey in the stands, enough said.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the problem is that he thinks that people that vote for the all star starters are rational

  • pposse

    yes!

  • bike

    Kobe, DRose, CP3, Westbrook all down…probably has a point.

  • Jmart

    You ain’t got the answer!

  • ItAintRalphTho

    AINT NO HOLD UP!

  • ItAintRalphTho

    I BEEN DOIN THE EDUCATION LONGA THEN YOU!

  • ItAintRalphTho

    YOU AINT BEEN DOIN THE EDUCATION

  • Nathan Shane Long

    That right in every NBA city when the Lakers come to town all you see is fake ass Lakers “fans” wearing their #24 jerseys

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    yeh the real 8 was a classic home.. that nike commercial got the brandwagon band

  • Jay Brodes

    as much as it is cool to see mamba play coy we only have a couple years left watching mamba ball. i wanna see him in new orleans..sorry!

  • Mike From Spain

    Given how his ego is, Kobe said something very commendable that must have been difficult to him. I was at the verge of saying he does not deserve an All Star spot, but his reflection is on point.

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