The votes are in and the starting line-ups for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston have been announced. Two of the ten players in the event will be represented by the Lakers and four will be repping Los Angeles.
Dwight Howard will make his first appearance for the West and Kobe Bryant – who led all players in voting – will make a record 15th straight trip to the ASG.
Both Kobe and Dwight are popular worldwide, as are the Lakers, and China always gives the pair a warm welcome when they visit, so you can bet that a large number of votes came from that part of the world.
Bryant beat Miami’s LeBron James 1,591,437 votes to 1,583,646. Kobe’s 15th straight appearance put him ahead of Jerry West, Karl Malone and Shaquille O’Neal, who sit at 14 consecutive games.
Two other players on the West are from the Clippers – Chris Paul and Blake Griffin – while James, Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett will start for the Eastern Conference squad.
Two other Lakers received a significant amount of votes too: Pau Gasol received 310,845 votes, while Steve Nash garnered 270,741, both totals were too low to crack the starting five.
The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be in Houston on February 17th at 5:00pm PST on TNT.