Veteran shooting guard Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has only played six games this season and continues to lead the way among backcourt players in the Western Conference All-Star voting according to the NBA's Twitter account on Jan. 9:
#NBAAllStar Balloting by @sprint 3rd Returns West Backcourt: K.Bryant (844,538), S.Curry (677,732), C.Paul (651,073), J.Lin (471,980).
With Bryant dealing with a fracture in his left knee, the superstar guard won't be back on the floor until the end of the month or later. Bryant's projected date of return is Jan. 28 against the Indiana Pacers and while he appears to be on pace to make his return on that date, there's no telling if it'll actually happen.
In an effort to give other deserving players a chance to be an All-Star, Bryant recently said that someone like Damian Lillard should be voted in instead. Although Bryant a noble stance by the perennial All-Star, the fact remains that he'll be voted in regardless.
One of the most surprising things about the latest round of NBA All-Star voting coming in is Chris Paul losing ground to Stephen Curry. Paul recently went down with a shoulder injury that'll keep him sidelined for six weeks.
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