Kobe Bryant was voted into his 17th NBA All-Star team, the league announced Thursday evening. It's not surprising Kobe rode in the fan vote to land in the All-Star game, which will be hosted in Brooklyn and New York City. What remains in the air, however, is whether or not Kobe Bryant will be capable of participating in the festivities that weekend following news of a tear in his rotator cuff.
Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol were also named to the Western Conference starting lineup. Curry led the West in votes received. LeBron James led the Eastern Conference voting, selected for the 11th time. Joining James will be Kyle Lowry, John Wall, Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol. The reserves have not been announced yet.
A Gasol showdown will be plenty of fun for the weekend. Lakers fans will have to wait and see what Kobe's health is like before expecting to see him during All-Star weekend, but there's going to be plenty of talent for some exhibition basketball.
Also, a snazzy little graphic the NBA released as part of the All-Star announcements:
Western Conference #NBAAllStarNYC Starter @kobebryant of the @Lakers! pic.twitter.com/OAg2W85WLE— 2015 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) January 23, 2015