NBA All-Star Voting Update: Starters Likely To Be Announced On Thursday; Bryant’s Appearance Still Up In The Air

The NBA and Adidas have released the official 2014 All-Star jersey for the Eastern and Western Conference, and sad to say, it flopped. Fans didn't have enough interest on the sleeved jerseys. What they are more excited about is the starters for the game, which will be announced on Thursday.

The voting for each conference's first five has ended Monday night. As expected Miami Heat's Lebron James and Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant remain as the top vote-getters in their respective conferences. Other shoo-ins for the starting line up are: (Eastern Conference) Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, and Dywane Wade, (Western Conference) Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry.

Probable reserves for the East are Roy Hibbert (IND), Joakim Noah (CHI), John Wall (WAS), Paul Millsap (ATL), DeMar DeRozan (TOR).

For the West team, guys who might fill the bench are Kevin Love (MIN), Lamarcus Aldridge (PORT), Damian Lillard (PORT), Tim Duncan (SAS), James Harden (HOU), and Anthony Davis (NOH).

For the Western Conferences, things are a little tricky as Bryant is yet to play a game and many people think he would fail to make it right in time for the February 16 basketball fest.

However, according to Sam Smith of Bulls.com, the Black Mamba shouldn't miss the All-Star game.

"Yes, Bryant has been injured," writes Smith. "But he should be back before the game. And it's an exhibition. The fans want to see Bryant and should. He's the player of the last decade in the NBA. He's a star, and that's what All-Star games are about."

 

If Bryant doesn't make it to the game, that could open up doors for Jeremy Lin, according to some basketball experts.

"If the latest batch of voting results for the NBA All-Star Game is a tell-tale sign, and several players remain injured, Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin could make his first career appearance at the league's seminal event," International Business Times basketball writer Greg Price reported on Saturday.

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