The chances that Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant could even participate in the 2014 NBA All-Star game are minimal.
He’s certain to be voted in by the fans, but Bryant – who has made 14 appearances already – would much prefer to see younger NBA stars make the game rather than himself:
“I really enjoy watching what the younger guys are doing and how they’re performing,” said Bryant, who was second among Western Conference players in the latest round of All-Star voting, which was released on Dec. 26. “Even though there’s so much respect from me to be able to go out there and play for the fans, I’d much rather see the young guys play in the game because they’ve obviously put the work in to be in it. I’d much rather go out there and see them participate.”
It’s an admirable stance from Bryant, though, I will argue that fans want to see the living legends participate and that’s exactly what Bryant is. Add in that his opportunities to make the game will be dwindling – you want to see him out there if at all possible.
Of course, with his injury he’ll have a valid excuse for missing the All-Star game though it wouldn’t shock me to see Bryant attend, just as an ode to the fans for voting him in.