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.