December 2015 Basketball Wiretap

Kobe Bryant Leads All Players In All-Star Voting

Dec 25, 2015 1:12 PM

Kobe Bryant leads all players in All-Star Game voting returns weeks after announcing he will retire at the end of the season. Bryant has received 719,235 votes.

Stephen Curry and LeBron James rank second and third with 510,202 and 357,937 votes apiece.

Bryant and Curry are joined on the current projected starters by Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin.

On the current Eastern Conference projections with James are Paul George, Andre Drummond, Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving.

Eastern Conference

1 LeBron James (Cle) 357,937
2 Paul George (Ind) 283,785
3 Andre Drummond (Det) 148,278
4 Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 132,119
5 Pau Gasol (Chi) 109,585
6 Kevin Love (Cle) 92,177
7 Chris Bosh (Mia) 91,896
8 Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 85,606
9 Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 72,923
10 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 25,926
11 Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 12,341
12 Joakim Noah (Chi) 10,808
13 Paul Millsap (Atl) 10,501
14 Marcin Gortat (Was) 9,443
15 DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 8,885

1 Dwyane Wade (Mia) 300,595
2 Kyrie Irving (Cle) 138,191
3 Kyle Lowry (Tor) 128,131
4 Jimmy Butler (Chi) 111,220
5 John Wall (Was) 103,094
6 Derrick Rose (Chi) 72,709
7 DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 69,042
8 Jeremy Lin (Cha) 61,832
9 Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 45,014
10 Nicolas Batum (Cha) 20,596

Western Conference

1 Kobe Bryant (LAL) 719,235
2 Kevin Durant (OKC) 349,473
3 Blake Griffin (LAC) 182,107
4 Kawhi Leonard (SA) 164,521
5 Draymond Green (GS) 160,350
6 Anthony Davis (NO) 156,161
7 Tim Duncan (SA) 127,543
8 DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 101,930
9 Dwight Howard (Hou) 66,598
10 LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 65,019
11 Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 56,377
12 DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 49,696
13 Enes Kanter (OKC) 47,806
14 Harrison Barnes (GS) 43,343
15 Kevin Garnett (Min) 42,285

1 Stephen Curry (GS) 510,202
2 Russell Westbrook (OKC) 267,699
3 Chris Paul (LAC) 146,335
4 Klay Thompson (GS) 138,587
5 James Harden (Hou) 135,531
6 Rajon Rondo (Sac) 66,164
7 Andre Iguodala (GS) 62,407
8 Damian Lillard (Por) 47,615
9 Manu Ginobili (SA) 42,413
10 Tony Parker (SA) 40,693

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Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA All-Star

'Premature' To Determine Whether Luke Walton Could Coach All-Star Game

Dec 11, 2015 8:40 PM

Steve Kerr is ineligible to coach in the All-Star Game since he was the Western Conference head coach last season.

NBA rules prevent the same coach from serving in consecutive years.

But the Golden State Warriors have the best record in the West and have been led by Luke Walton on an interim basis.

League spokesman Tim Frank says it's "premature" to address whether Walton could serve in the role if Steve Kerr hasn't returned from back surgery.

Frank says: "At this point, it is unclear when coach Kerr will return to the sidelines. We are more than two months away from All-Star, so it feels premature to address that situation."


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Silver: Kobe Bryant Deserves To Be In 2016 All-Star Game

Dec 10, 2015 5:24 PM

Adam Silver said he believes Kobe Bryant deserves a place in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

Bryant recently announced he will retire at the end of the season.

Bryant is a 17-time NBA All-Star and has won the All-Star Game MVP on four separate occasions.

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Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA All-Star

2016 All-Star Uniforms Released (Images)

Dec 3, 2015 12:29 PM

The NBA has released images of their uniforms for the 65th All-Star Game, which will be played on Feb. 14th in Toronto.

The uniforms incorporate elements indigenous to Canada and pay homage to Toronto's NBA history, passionate basketball fans and cosmopolitan energy.

The uniforms are also ad supported by Kia.

"This is the first NBA All-Star Game to be played outside the United States, and it is a very exciting time for basketball in Canada," said Chris Grancio, adidas global basketball general manager. "To honor this global celebration and pay tribute to Toronto -- the site of the NBA's first game -- we've incorporated design elements that are inspired by the city's basketball history, sports culture and unique fashion scene to make an All-Star collection that players and fans will love."


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