L.A. Times: Kobe Bryant was voted by fans to start his 10th All-Star game, almost a formality for one of the game’s most enthralling talents.

“It’s always exciting,” he said Thursday. “It doesn’t get old at all. Nowadays, it’s such a huge spectacle.”

Joining Bryant as Western Conference starters Feb. 17 in New Orleans will be Denver guard Allen Iverson, Denver forward Carmelo Anthony, San Antonio forward Tim Duncan and Houston center Yao Ming.

Bryant led the West with slightly more than 2 million votes. He finished fourth overall in the league, behind Boston forward Kevin Garnett (2.4 million votes), Cleveland forward LeBron James (2.11 million) and Orlando center Dwight Howard (2.07 million).

Bryant, averaging 27.4 points, six rebounds and 5.1 assists, has largely bought into the team concept this season, with a few isolated forays.

He seems increasingly satisfied with what the Lakers (27-13) have become, a reality that was almost unthinkable last May, when he requested to be traded. He answered in the affirmative Thursday when asked if this was the best team the Lakers had fielded since their trip to the NBA Finals in 2004.

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  • e

    id be surprised if he didnt start…congrats, again, kobe bryant

  • sammie

    I bet he will win the all-star MVP again which will be his third one in his career.

  • MILO

    Thats the least he can win he deserves the season MVP as well…

  • mp or mplakers

    is this really news???? i mean, he is the baddest players on the planet! i would definitely hate his guts if he wasn’t a laker.

  • MILO

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    I LIKE YOU’RE SARCASM IT’S EXACTLY WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY

  • sepehr

    The all star game is a joke now, Yao Ming and Iverson should not be starters. I feel bad for people like Chris Paul.

  • mplakers

    IS THERE ANYBODY IN SEATTLE WHO IS A LAKERS FAN ON HERE? WOULD CHRIS WILCOX MAKE A GOOD TRADE FOR KWAME BROWN (DOES IT WORK IN THE TRADE MACHINE?) I ADMIT I DON’T SEE CHRIS’S GAME TOO MUCH.

    IT WOULD WORK FOR THE YOUNG SEATTLE SONICS BECAUSE THAT IS 9 MILLION OF THEIR CAP THAT THEY COULD USE TO SIGN A BETTER FIT FOR THEIR SYSTEM. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE PLAYING COLLISON OVER WILCOX NOWADAYS.

    WHAT ABOUT LUKE AND KWAME FOR CHRIS WILCOX AND SCZERBIAK?…NOW I KNOW ABOUT THE DIFFICULTIES OF A TRADE BUT, I’D LIKE TO HEAR PEOPLE’S TAKE ON THIS MATTER.

  • mplakers

    ALSO, WHO IS THE BIGGEST BUST AS A BIG MAN? KWAME, MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI, SAM BOWIE, OR PERVIS ELLISON??? SOUND OFF LAKERS NATION!

  • T-Dub

    mplakers…I’ve always liked Chris Wilcox..I remember his playing in the National Championship game in college. He was a beast. I would trade LO for him. He crashs the boards, block shots, and has a nice midrange jumper. The prototypical PF that hardly exist anymore. I think he would very nice next to Bynum…Its gonna be hard to give Luke and Kwame away at this point.

  • lake-uhs

    that is the 10th time he will start in an all-star game he deserves mvp

  • DCLAKER

    I like Wilcox too but Big Ben will get us those RINGS,FO SHO. Maggette has been waiting to come ACROSS THE STREET TO PLAY ALONGSIDE HIS BEST FRIEND(AND HOPEFULLY NEW FRIEND,AB).

  • LA_LAKER FAN

    will odom shave his star now???

  • LakersFirst

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    Maggette is going to opt out of his Clipper contract after this season, but he is going to go where he gets paid the most money. Maggette is another player that is underpaid (him and Artest basically make the same amount of money per year) and he wants a payday.

  • MILO

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    i hope so! it’s atracting bad luck to him, he has yet to play like a good player much more an allstar

  • MILO

    The Detroit and Orlando game is boring but hey guess what they finaly gave Cook a couple of minutes to waste on the floor.LOL

  • MILO

    Im not sure but i think i just heard the guy’s from espn say that they are going to air an interview of Kobe from Stephen A Smith at halftime of the Detroit game!

  • somelakerfan1

    is there a curse for the lakers in the 3rd quarter???? what the heck man

  • as1084

    where the f was odom tonight!!?? i swear i wanna choke that guy!! his a** needs to step up big time!! please mitch trade him!! how can he just disappear from games…besides those 3 point bricks i couldnt even tell that odom was even playing tonight! TRADE HIM!!

  • http://getgarnett.com lakeshow08

    mplakers, I like your trade it would be like giving up Cook, and Mo for TA all over again.

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