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Kobe Bryant ‘shocked’ he leads all players in All-Star voting

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Kobe Bryant is “shocked” by the fact that he leads all NBA players in voting for the All-Star Game, according to a tweet posted on Twitter.com.

The tweet was posted on Dec. 25 by Mike Bresnahan, a Los Angeles Lakers beat writer. Four days prior to Dec. 25, Bresnahan tweeted that Bryant said he is “fine” if fans do not vote him in to play in the 2016 All-Star Game.

Just the opposite turns out to be the case, however. Bryant did not expect to be so far ahead of his peers in the All-Star voting at this point of his playing career. If he is indeed a roster selection once tallies are finalized, he will become a NBA All-Star for the 18th time.

Bryant is in first place with 719,235 votes. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is in second place with 510,202 votes. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers is in third place with 357,937 votes.

Upon finding out the above information, Bryant was surprised to say the least. Bresnahan’s tweet reads as follows:

Kobe on leading All-Star voting so far: “I was like, what the hell? Shocked doesn’t do it justice.”

Bryant’s 17 All-Star selections already give him the second-most selections of all time behind only Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Jabbar had 19 during his NBA career. Like Bryant, Abdul-Jabbar also won multiple NBA titles while playing for the Lakers.

Bryant is a four-time NBA All-Star Game MVP. He is also the all-time leading scorer in All-Star Game history with 280 points. In 2016, it looks like he will get to add to that total one last time.

Kobe Bean Bryant was born on Aug. 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pa. He is 6-feet-6-inches tall and weighs 212 pounds. He is playing in his 20th and final NBA season. 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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