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Kobe Bryant will start in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game

Kobe Bryant has a laugh during the 2011 All Star Game

With the voting process for the 2015 NBA All Star Game, to be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, February 15, 2015, to decide the 10 starters beginning on Thursday, December 11, 2014, many wonder if an aging superstar will be in the lineup.  Rest assured Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Lakers fans alike, the Black Mamba will start for the 2015 Western Conference team.

Why?  Vino, as he is called by some, is still one of the most popular players in the league, and despite shooting only 39% from the field on the season, he is averaging 25.5 points per game for the Lakers, good for second in the league.  The NBA All-Star Game is a worldwide popularity contest, and Kobe still resonates with the public.

Bryant also made his mid-season debut in the 1998 All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden, so it would be a nice touch on his career to make an appearance in one of his last all-star games at the place he made his debut, in which he scored 18 points on 7-16 shooting against an Eastern Conference roster that included Michael Jordan, who, ironically, he should pass on the all-time scoring list in his next game.

With the Lakers potentially surpassing their biggest lost total in the career of Kobe Bryant (the Lakers were 34-48 in the 2004-2005 season, the most losses of a team with him on it), there isn’t much for Lakers fans to look forward to this season.  An appearance by Kobe in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game would be one of the rare exceptions.

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