NBA All Star 2016: Kobe Bryant Leads Voting by 200K; Steph Curry, LeBron James Trail

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Kobe Bryant might be retiring, but his popularity isn’t leaving the league. The Los Angeles Lakers Star is all set to end his 20-year-long career and he wants to leave with a bang.

As per Channel News Asia, “Bryant is the runaway vote leader for the 65th NBA All-Star Game.” The league announced the voting results on Dec. 25 and everything looks positive for the 5-time champion.

Bryant currently leads the voting by 200,000. That is a huge margin compared to the most outstanding player of this season, Steph Curry, as well as four-time MVP, LeBron James.

ESPN notes, “Bryant already has 719,235 votes — well ahead of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry (510,202), the next-highest vote-getter, and more than twice as many as Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James (357,937). Bryant has more votes than James and Kevin Durant combined.”

Though Bryant may not be in the best of forms lately, his popularity doesn’t seem to take a hit.

It is also for the first time that the legendary Lakers’ guard “is being listed as a member of the front-court in All-Star voting,” notes ESPN.

The 37-year-old Los Angeles Star, Kobe Bryant announced his retirement plans earlier this month. The announcement was rather shocking as many believed Bryant to continue on with his career.

Bryant played terrific roles to help the Lakers win 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 titles. According to the Wall Street Journal, Bryant ranks third on the NBA’s career scoring list, and has two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as the second-best in NBA history and more than 32,000 points. This is an incredible record set by the NBA star.

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