Kobe Bryant’s reaction to leading All-Star voting: “What the hell?”

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Kobe Bryant isn’t just the leading vote getter for the 2016 NBA All-Star game, he is lapping the field. In the first numbers released by the league, Kobe received 719,235 votes. In second place is Stephen Curry with 510,202, third is LeBron James at 357,937.

It caught Kobe off guard.

I’m not sure it was that big a surprise; it was expected the fans would vote Kobe in for final All-Star game in this, his final season in the NBA.The volume with which they are doing it is a bit of a surprise, however.

If you have a problem with this, if you think Kobe’s play hasn’t warranted him getting the start over Kawhi Leonard or Draymond Green, let me remind you of this:

It’s an exhibition. For the fans. Give the people what they want and move on.

It’s not like the NBA does something ridiculous and puts home court advantage on the line for the winner of a mid-season exhibition game where the fans vote in the starters. That would be ludicrous.