(NEW YORK) — During his time in the NBA, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been a staple of the NBA’s All-Star Game. But this year, Bryant wants to see the next generation of NBA All-Stars in the game.
“I really enjoy watching what the younger guys are doing and how they’re performing,” said Bryant. “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.”
Despite playing in just six games this season and averaging 13.8 points per game, fans have voted has Bryant as the starting guard for the Western Conference All-Stars. Payers like Stephen Curry and James Harden are trailing in the polls.
Bryant may not even be ready to play in the All-Star game, which will be held on Feb. 16 in New Orleans, thanks to his injuries.
During his previous 17 NBA seasons, Bryant has been named to the All-Star game 15 times.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN