Despite telling fans to vote for Lillard, Kobe still leads all Western Conference backcourt players in All-Star votes


“My advice would be to vote some of these younger players – the Damian Lillard’s of the world – because they’re more than deserving to be out there playing during that weekend.”

Those were the words spoken by Kobe Bryant on Sunday when asked about how he would feel if he was voted into this year’s All-Star Game despite his limited court time this season.

However, the fans have yet to take notice.

According to a press release by the NBA today, Bryant still leads all Western Conference backcourt players in voting despite playing in just six games so far this season.

Kobe is currently 167,166 votes ahead of the next Western Conference backcourt player in Stephen Curry and is a whopping 682,175 votes ahead of Lillard.

No matter what the Black Mamba says, the majority of fans will still vote for Kobe. Even if he hasn’t been able to show us much on the court this season, his reputation and outstanding track record will carry him into the game, and so it should. All-Star Weekend is about the fans and if they want to see Bryant in the game – as long as he’s healthy – then that’s what they should get.

LeBron James leads all players with 1,076,063 votes, while Kevin Durant is close behind at 1,054,209.

The 2014 NBA All-Star Game will take place in New Orleans on February 16.

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Written by Ross Pickering

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