Here are your 2014 NBA All-Star starters, voted by you, the fans.
Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Frontcourt: LeBron James (Miami Heat), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks)
Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Blake Griffin(Los Angeles Clippers)
Are you happy as a fan? Well, recently Kobe Bryant had gone on record saying that it was time to reward the younger players for their contribution to the game, in a way. Maybe he didn’t want in on the exhibition game this year? Or perhaps he’s just being realistic. Something that many voters seem to lack.
“I probably won’t be able to come back soon enough to be able to make my stamp or my mark on the game,” Bryant said before the Lakers played the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night. “My advice would be to vote for some of the younger players, the Damian Lillards of the world, because they’re more than deserving to be out there and play during that weekend.”
“You want to feel like you deserve to be in the game and play,” Bryant said. “Then there’s the other side of the argument where you’ve put in a lot of work over the years. Fans, if they vote you in, you want to go out there and show your appreciation and respect to them.
“From where I come from, I really enjoy watching what the young guys are doing and how they’re performing. Even though there’s so much respect that comes from me to play for the fans, I’d much rather see the young guys go on out there and play in the game.”
Sounds like he doesn’t feel he deserved to be on the team, due to the fact that he’s been injured for the majority of the year. He’s not wrong.