The NBA announced the starting lineups for the 62nd All-Star Game, and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant eked out the win in overall votes with 1,591,437 — 7,800 more than LeBron James. Bryant also now holds the record for most consecutive All-Star Game starts (15), a record he previously shared with Shaquille O’Neal, Karl Malone and Jerry West.
Most of Bryant’s Western Conference teammates will look familiar, as three of them also call Staples Center home. Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin were voted in as front court players, while Chris Paul joins Bryant in the back court. Reigning All-Star MVP Kevin Durant rounds out the squad.
The Eastern Conference is a collection of stars who, as they say, “plain don’t like each other”. Boston’s Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo will suit up with Miami’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, along with New York’s Carmelo Anthony (who, if you recall, is not Garnett’s biggest fan these days).
The 2013 NBA all-Star Game takes place on February 17th at the Toyota Center in Houston.[ESPN]