Kobe Bryant, despite playing in just six games this season due to an Achilles
injury and a fractured knee, was voted as a starter for the Western Conference
All-Star team. The 35-year-old Lakers guard is not expected to play, but he
nonetheless led all guards in the West and was joined in the backcourt by
Golden State's Stephen Curry, who will be playing in his first All-Star Game.
Thunder forward Kevin Durant topped the West in votes with nearly 1.4 million
and is joined in the frontcourt by the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin and
Minnesota's Kevin Love, who passed Houston's Dwight Howard in the final week
of voting. Durant fell shy of overcoming LeBron James as the top overall vote-
getter. James will be joined in the Eastern Conference starting lineup by Heat
teammate Dwyane Wade, Indiana's Paul George, New York's Carmelo Anthony and
Cleveland's Kyrie Irving. The game will be played Feb. 16 in New Orleans. The
reserves will be announced on Jan. 30.