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“Old dog” Kobe Bryant still leading NBA All-Star votes

1/3/13 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is humble and gracious even in victory. The NBA All-Star vote leader Kobe Bryant seemed surprised on Thursday when he was informed of his status in the third round of the NBA All-Star ballot.
 
"Oh, really? Damn. I guess people want to see an old dog,” said Kobe Bryant. “Thank you. I’m extremely honored.”
 
The 17-year veteran may be an old dog but he doesn’t need to learn new tricks. Kobe Bryant has been playing consistently throughout, marking a dent in opposing defenses’ schemes. The 34-year-old Kobe Bryant has spun around several games for the 15-16 Los Angeles Lakers this season, while leading the league with a scoring average of 30.3 points per game. It is Kobe Bryants’ third highest career-scoring numbers. Kobe Bryant has been more efficient in shooting as well, on pace for a career-high 47.9 percent shooting from the field.
 
Kobe Bryant leads the reigning MVP LeBron James with 1,177,456 votes, a neat cushion ahead of James, who follows with 1,151,304 votes.
 
Kobe Bryant may be producing some of his most remarkable numbers of his career, after closing-in sixteen 30-point games and four 40-point games this season, but the 14-time All-Star still remains self-critical, taking shots at his own aging form.
 
"It's just like backyard ball, you see your old ... uncle backing guys down and making shots," said Kobe Bryant. "That's what it's kind of like."
 
The 5-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant is anxiously awaiting the start of the All-Star games, as his competitive nature seems to grow stronger. Kobe Bryant showed  a similar competitive spark during All-Star weekend over the past seasons. He collected his fourth All-Star MVP title jus last season. Kobe Bryant also displayed extreme passion and grittiness playing through a broken nose and concussion in last years’ All-Star game.
 
When have I not competed? That’s what it is,” said Kobe Bryant. “In those situations, you don’t have to worry about zone coverage or double teams. You just get a chance to go at a guy. It’s fun for me to be a part of that.”
 
And youd’ be surprised that the guy who calls himself “an old dog” is still able to keep up the younger talent and enjoys the strenuous task.
 
"It may have a little bit to do with it,” said Kobe Bryant, “but for me, I've been that competitive about the game since I was 18. So it’s the way I play.”
 
Four of the five Western Conference All-Star starters seem already determined with Kevin Durant (1,088,797), Dwight Howard (716,671), Blake Griffin (593,024) and Kobe Bryant taking the position. Chris Paul (651,893) still remains in a tight contest with Jeremy Lin (605,624 votes).
 
Two weeks still remain in the closing of the NBA All-Star ballot.
 
Meanwhile, the Eastern Conference starters also seem nearly set with LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony (1,054,099), Dwyane Wade (765,077) and Rajon Rondo (675,822) appealing as the clear contenders. Kevin Garnett (390,751) is still being closely tailed by Chris Bosh (362,973).
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