The NBA All-Star starter list is finally out. It features Los Angeles Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant for the 18th time. There is “the overwhelming fans voting for him almost 1.9 million times, the most among all players,” notes ESPN.
The all-time star Bryant has been elected to play along side “Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Thunder swingman Kevin Durant and San Antonio Spurs wing Kawhi Leonard,” quotes the source.
The starters are as follows,
Frontcourt: Bryant, Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Leonard
Backcourt: Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors), Russell Westbrook (Thunder)
Frontcourt: LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks)
Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
As the list got out, the players who featured in the list took on their Twitter as well other social media accounts to express how thankful they were to those who voted for them.
“I look forward to hopefully being healthy and going out there and playing well,” said Bryant. He was “very thankful” for the love and support from his fans.
“It’s going to be a fun experience for both sides of my family,” Curry said in a video posted by the Warriors. “I lived there for three years, my wife is from there, she has a lot of family that still is up there that’s going to be able to celebrate with us. So I’m going to enjoy it and look forward to it.”
Even Kyle Lowry expressed his gratitude towards his fans. “It is an honor to be voted as a starter for the All-Star Game, especially for one in my home arena,” Lowry said in a statement. “I am thankful to all the great Raptors fans across Canada and throughout the NBA.’’
The 2016 All-Star Game has been scheduled for Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. All-Star Game reserves will be revealed Jan. 28 by the league’s coaches.