The All-Star game is one of the most anticipated events in sports. It's when fans are able to see the best players of each conference play amongst their rivals to beat the opposing side. On Jan. 23 the starting lineups for the teams were announced and one player from the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers respectively were selected. From the the Clippers power forward Blake Griffin was selected, and from the Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant was selected.
Griffin and Bryant will be joined by Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and Stephen Curry for the Western Conference team. These players aren't really a surprising selection. They're well-recognized talents that are known for their skill on the basketball court. One doesn't think of the Lakers without thinking of Kobe Bryant and one does not think of the Clippers without thinking of Blake Griffin; however, this doesn't mean that everyone agrees with the choices. Some of the players themselves are shocked.
Kobe Bryant asked not to be voted and actually does not want to play. He may be honored but will probably sit this one out. He's recently healing from an injury, and he thinks one of the younger players should have this chance. One of the downsides of All-Star games in all sports in the chance of injury. Does the team really want to chance a injury for a game that isn't as important as a league match that will get them to the playoffs? Most would say no. Bryant may be making the right decision in sitting this one out.
The 2014 NBA All-Star game will take place on Sunday Feb. 16. Tune in to TNT to watch the best players take each other on to see if the east or the west is the better side.