Kobe Bryant ‘fine’ with missing 2016 All-Star Game

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Update: Kobe Bryant leads all NBA players in voting for the 2016 All-Star Game, according to ESPN.com.

Kobe Bryant said that he is “fine” if he is not voted in by fans to play in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, according to a tweet posted on Twitter.com.

The tweet was posted on Dec. 21 by Mike Bresnahan, a Los Angeles Lakers beat writer. Bryant, who is playing in his 20th and final NBA season, seems to be at peace with the fact that his playing career is in its twilight.

Bryant is a five-time NBA champion and two-time NBA Finals MVP. Other highlights in his professional career include winning the dunk contest and scoring the second-most points ever scored in a single NBA game. He is also third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

Bryant is a 17-time NBA All-Star as well; therefore, the thought of missing out on the action in 2016 does not bother him. Furthermore, he is a four-time NBA All-Star Game MVP. He said the following in regards to missing out on making the roster for the All-Star Game in 2016:  

“I’m completely fine with that because I’ve had an amazing run.”

Last season, Bryant’s All-Star selection received some criticism from nonvoters. The argument was that his fan base voted him in as a starter over a more deserving player at the time: James Harden. Bryant would not play in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game because of injury. Even without Bryant, the West still beat the East 163-158 at Madison Square Garden.

Kobe Bean Bryant was born on Aug. 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pa. He attended Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pa. He was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft. He is 37 years old.

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David A. Shelmon was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. Currently, he is an aspiring journalist who focuses primarily on sports. Basketball, in particular, is his specialty. He has written for the likes of AXS.com, Examiner.com and SB Nation-affiliate Hustle Belt. He hopes to expand his writing experience by joining Sports Out West.


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