Kobe Bryant still leads NBA All-Star voting

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) waves to the crowd after an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in Washington. AP

The Los Angeles Lakers’ aging superstar Kobe Bryant continues to lead fan voting for the 2016 NBA All-Star game, the league said Thursday.

Bryant, who is retiring after the season, has 1,262,118 votes — more than 300,000 ahead of reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, according to the second batch of voting figures released by the league.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has the third-most votes — and leads the Eastern Conference with 636,388.

Bryant, who has been selected to 17 All-Star Games in his career, announced in November that he would retire at the end of this season.

The 65th NBA All-Star Game will be held at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on February 14.

The next balloting update will be released on January 14, and fan voting concludes on Monday, January 18.


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