Ailing Bryant gets All-Star nod

Posted at 01/24/14 3:48 PM

LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant, sidelined by injury for all but six games this season, still gained a 16th NBA All-Star nod in fan voting for the mid-season exhibition announced on Thursday.

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar made a belated season debut after recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, but played just half a dozen games before a broken bone in his knee put him out of action again.

Bryant's 16 All-Star selections trail only the 19 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar garnered in a Hall of Fame career.

There's a good chance the 35-year-old Bryant won't take his place in the Western Conference back court when the game is played on February 16 in New Orleans, but he still finished second among Western Conference guards in the balloting, behind Golden State's Stephen Curry.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant topped the West in votes and is joined in the frontcourt by the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin and Minnesota's Kevin Love. Love overtook Houston's Dwight Howard in the last week of voting.

Durant fell shy of overcoming Miami Heat star LeBron James as the top overall vote-getter.

James, earning his 10th All-Star nod, will be joined in the Eastern Conference starting lineup with his Heat teammate Dwyane Wade, who will also be making a 10th All-Star appearance.

Indiana's Paul George, New York's Carmelo Anthony and Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, complete the Eastern Conference starting lineup.

Voting by fans around the world concluded on January 20.

NBA coaches will select the All-Star reserves. Each coach will vote for seven players from within his own conference, and a coach can't vote for players from his own team.

After the coaches select the reserves, if a player is unable to participate in the All-Star Game, the NBA Commissioner will select the replacement.

The East and West All-Star coaching duties will go to the coaches whose teams own the best records in their conferences in games played through February 2.

Indiana's Frank Vogel has already locked up the Eastern Conference head coach job.

Neither Miami coach Erik Spoelstra nor San Antonio's Gregg Popovich are eligible because they coached in last year's game.


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