The power of the Mamba.
Despite playing in just six games so far this season due to Achilles surgery and a fractured left knee, Kobe Bryant is leading all Western Conference backcourt players in All-Star votes, and is second in the West in voting with only Kevin Durant ahead of him:
Additionally, Bryant is third in total votes in the league, with LeBron James leading the pack at 854,105 votes.
As things stand, the West’s starting lineup would feature Kobe, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and one-time Laker Dwight Howard, meaning a reunion with Bryant’s ex-teammate is on the cards – that’s if Kobe is back from this injury in time, of course.
When the injury was diagnosed last week, the Lakers estimated that Kobe would be out for six weeks, which would see him return near the end of January. The 2014 All-Star game is set to take place on February 16, so, barring any unforeseen setbacks, the Black Mamba should be good to go by then.
An appearance in this year’s All-Star lineup would see Kobe move up to second all-time in All-Star appearances with 16. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is currently leading the pack with 19 appearances.