Kobe Bryant pleaded last week for fans to opt for a younger selection of talent as opposed to voting him in for the All-Star team this year. It would appear his plea has been ignored.
Despite the Lakers icon urging fans to perhaps choose a rising star such as Damian Lillard as the point-guard in this years selection for the February fixture, the Los Angeles Times reports that Bryant remains the people’s choice.
In rankings released by the league yesterday Kobe topped the voting poll, despite having been injured for the majority of this season, firstly with the Achilles complaint he picked up in April and then the knee fracture he sustained in December.
Bryant has already amassed 844,538 of the votes, putting him firmly ahead of the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (677,372) and the LA Clippers’ Chris Paul (651,073).
Bryant is currently mid-way through yet another spell on the sidelines, but could return to action in time for All-Star game on February 16.
Despite the NBA legend’s insistence that he did not want people to vote for him this year, he will most likely be on court with other stars such as Kevin Durant (who has 1,054,209 votes) and perennial MVP rival LeBron James, who has garnered a colossal 1,076,063 votes.