Kobe Bryant has revealed that despite the fact he has been announced as a starter for the Western Conference in this year’s All-Star game, he still has no desire to play in it.
The draft, announced yesterday, had Bryant in the starting line-up for the Western Conference alongside Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love. Though usually considered an honour of the highest order, the LA Lakers’ inclusion for the game on February 16 is one that goes against his wishes.
In the past few weeks Bryant has explicitly stated that he feels the opportunity should be given to a younger star who has played regularly this season, and it would appear that confirmation of his place has done little to change his view. If the Los Angeles Times are to be believed it now looks like he might even choose not to play.
When asked if he would side with the obvious wishes of the voting public, Bryant said: “No, I don't think so.
"With all due respect to the fans who voted me in, and I certainly appreciate that ... but you've got to do the right thing as well. My feeling is you've got to reward these young guys for the work that they've been putting in.”
The 35-year-old point guard is currently out injured having sustained a fractured knee last month. He’s likely to return at some point in February, but whether or not he’ll even be fit to take part in the All-Star game is a subject of hot debate.