The starters for the 2017 All-Star in New Orleans were named on Thursday night, and for the first time in 18 years, Kobe Bryant will not appear in the marquee event. Bryant was not voted in as an All-Star starter
in what is one of the most colossal snubs in NBA history mainly due to his not being eligible since he is, you know, retired, and none of the other young Lakers were voted in by a combination of fans, players and media to start the game.
The lede here was facetious, as no Lakers were among the fan voting leads as those began to trickle out over the past few weeks, so it’s not exactly surprising that the Lakers will not be represented in the starting lineup next month.
No members of the team are expected to be named by NBA coaches as All-Star reserves, either, despite at least one of them putting up some truly staggering numbers:
Some members of the team will likely be named to participate in events like the Rising Stars game, Dunk Contest, Three-point shootout, or Skills Competition, but for now Los Angeles is left unrepresented at one of the league’s biggest events for the first time in a very long while.
Here are the starters:
Here are the starters on both sides. Remember, the NBA changed its All-Star voting this year— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 19, 2017
50% fan vote
25% player vote
25% panel of media pic.twitter.com/aFOYqmSYpl