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NBA All-Star returns show Kobe Bryant with a firm lead; Pau Gasol & Lamar Odom competing for forward spot; Andrew Bynum uncertain about All-Star chances

If the latest NBA All-Star returns mean anything, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will return to the starting lineup after missing last year's game because of a sprained left ankle, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom will be fighting for a reserve spot and Andrew Bynum's fate could rest on NBA Commissioner David Stern.

Bryant will likely start in his 12th NBA All-Star appearance, considering his 1,757,216 votes ranks best among Western Conference guards, including sizable leads over New Orleans'Chris Paul (949,049) and San Antonio's Manu Ginoboli (593,718).

Carmelo Anthony shipping off to Eastern Conference team before voting ends Jan. 23. Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant (1,270,729) and Anthony (945,720) have the most votes among Western Conference forwards, though Anthony's votes would carry over the Eastern Conference should he get traded. Gasol is currently in third place with 851,456 votes, while Odom (364,950 trails Clippers' Blake Griffin (702,784), San Antonio's Tim Duncan (663,487) and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki (615,243), who's missed the past eight games because of a sprained right ankle. Since voters determine the starting lineup in two guards, two forwards and one center in each conference, the chances for Gasol and Odom hinge on coaches voting them in as a reserve. Coaches vote for a center, two forwards, two guards and two other players at any position.

Despite having surgery on a stress fracture on his left ankle that will keep him out for the season, Houston Center Yao Ming leads West centers with 928,928 votes. In an incident that an injured players finishes with the highest number of votes, NBA Commissioner David Stern names the replacement, meaning it's not guaranteed Andrew Bynum currently behind Yao with 660,576 votes will propel him to his first NBA All-Star game appearance.

The rest of the results are below the jump.

2011 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING WESTERN CONFERENCE Forwards: Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,270,729; Carmelo Anthony (Den) 945,720; Pau Gasol (LAL) 851,456; Blake Griffin (LAC) 702,784; Tim Duncan (SA) 663,487; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 615,243; Lamar Odom (LAL) 364,950; Luis Scola (Hou) 347,986; Kevin Love (Min) 301,529; Caron Butler (Dal) 205,146. Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,757,216; Chris Paul (NOH) 949,049; Manu Ginobili (SA) 593,718; Steve Nash (Pho) 522,215; Deron Williams (Utah) 487,887; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 463,250; Tony Parker (SA) 355,993; Jason Kidd (Dal) 303,164; Vince Carter (Pho) 277,430; Kevin Martin (Hou) 266,037. Centers: Yao Ming (Hou) 928,928; Andrew Bynum (LAL) 660,576; Nene (Den) 389,263; Marc Gasol 352,136; Emeka Okafor (NOH) 317,677; Brendan Haywood (Dal) 276,777; Marcus Camby (Por) 201,133; Chris Kaman (LAC) 165,684; Andris Biedrins (GS) 126,567; DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 110,230. 2011 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING EASTERN CONFERENCE Forwards: LeBron James (Mia) 1,518,807; Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 1,143,391; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 1,049,544; Paul Pierce (Bos) 578,473; Chris Bosh (Mia) 427,551; Carlos Boozer (Chi) 320,661; Josh Smith (Atl) 280,158; Danilo Gallinari (NYK) 259,619; Danny Granger (Ind) 201,653; Luol Deng (Chi) 191,312. Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,499,768; Derrick Rose (Chi) 1,225,575; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 1,171,311; Ray Allen (Bos) 630,588; John Wall (Was) 260,893; Brandon Jennings (Mil) 254,614; Raymond Felton (NYK) 246,208; Gilbert Arenas (Orl) 240,586; Jamal Crawford (Atl) 163,971, Darren Collison (Ind) 156,230. Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,537,619; Shaquille O’Neal (Bos) 639,661; Joakim Noah (Chi) 291,107; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 245,253; Al Horford (Atl) 193,449; Roy Hibbert (Ind) 183,092; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 162,364; Brook Lopez (NJ) 125,022; JaVale McGee (Was) 106,710; Ben Wallace (Det) 79,017.

--Mark Medina

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@MM…. Great article on Frank Hamblen although I was waiting for you to ask him what happened with his game plan for the Heat. JK. A smart and knowledgeable basketball coach. Thanks for helping make the Lakers the franchise they are, Frank.
@TOM DANIELS… Second your comments about Alex Hannum. Before I was a Lakers fan, I was a Wilt Chamberlain fan and thus a San Francisco Warriors and then Philadelphia 76ers fan. What a job by Alex to convince Wilt to focus on playing team basketball. Under Alex, Wilt became the first and only center to lead the league in assists. That’s why when you talk about the greatest athletes to ever play in the league, you have to start with Wilt. Compared to him, LeBron is chicken feed. Wilt was bigger, stronger, tougher, and faster.
@888… Great post about the impact of the coaching staff. I also love to watch Phil gather his coaches around. Like 63 Footer has reminded us so many times, it’s a different world in the Bigs and a successful head coach has to be like a Fortune 500 CEO or military commander. You need vision and the ability to put together a staff of assistants who can help you implement it. Phil’s assistants are a big part of his coaching philosophy and methodology. And yes, Oracle is a great venue to watch a game. My grandson loved all the gimmicks – and Kobe’s great play.
@MCLYNE… “Kobe is Baaaack!” That is exactly what I was saying all through the fourth quarter of last night’s game. Ice water in his veins and nothing but net in the fourth quarter.
Count me as one of the few fans that is happy that the Lakers did not have a contending team for a brief period between dynasties. Otherwise, we would have missed 81 and so many other great memories that Kobe unleashed as he tried to will the Laker to championship level.
@BRONX… While I do love a good competitive game, I still honestly prefer watching my team completely destroy the other team. LOL. Good competitive games are fine – as long as we win.

Kobe is still the overall leader in All Star voting as well. I guess the average fan really appreciates the Mamba.

Try proofreading what you write before you hit the "Post" button. It might help.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | January 13, 2011 at 01:32 PM

Well deserved.

Please just come out of the closet already and admit that you are the biggest Laker fan of them all.
It's just so obvious, it's not even funny.

Or, you can just admidt that you are a skitzophrenic.

Posted by: mclyne | January 13, 2011 at 02:26 PM

Mclyne.....Dude that's just WRONG. I've always said I'm a Lakers fan, just back seat to the HEAT.

Matty's attitude rocks! Learnin' the guard position too!

ROUNDHOGS DAY - Part II - The Day in the Life of the Lakers Blog - Act 1 - Scene 1:


(Mark Medina starts a new thread)

Mark Medina: Here is a question for you Laker fans. There is a glass of water filled to the halfway point. Is the glass half empty or half full?

Lewsters: That was a great thread FCM. You are so awesome! I think it's half full, what about you?

Medina: I think it's half empty, only because Kobe shoots too much.

Justa: The glass is half full.

Ouchhh: The glass is half empty.

Medina: Ouchh, you are banned for life.

LakerTom: The glass is 100% full. Trust me, there is nothing but water in the cup.

LakerTom: REPOST - The glass is 100% full. There is nothing but water in the cup.

LakerTom: REPOST - REPOST- The glass is 100% full. There is nothing but water in the cup.

KobeMVP888: That was absolutely GENIUS! How did you come up with that? You are more awesome than awesome itself!

Cyber: Oh MVP, you are pretty darn awesome yourself. I love you man!

KobeMVP888: I am so honored, I but love you more!

Cyber: Thank you SO SO MUCH. How did we become so awesome, and congrats on the prestigious RCOTD that you got 3 weeks and 2 days ago. I will never forget that joyous and historic day. You deserve it.

PFunk: The glass is half empty because Phil Jackson drank half the water when nobody was looking!

Utzworld: Dear heavenly father, please turn this water into wine.

Mamba24: Outfreakinstanding! Can I get a 'I Love Water' bandwagon?

Hobbit: First of all, hello. You wrote: Glass is full. My response: Actually, if you analyze the contents of the glass, the glass consists of 50% H2O, which is water, and 50% air, which is nitrogen and oxygen. So in essence, it is both half full and half empty, depending on whether you are referring to the water or the air in the cup.

Kobe888: You do NOT deserve to drink water, if you can't acknowledge the greatness of water. You are NOT a fan of water, you unappreciative amateur wanna be water fan! You should die of thirst because you have no business making comments about the water that we all love to drink.

LRob: It all depends on your point of view. To some, the cup is half full, to others, it's half empty. Nobody is really wrong here.

Phred: It's not about the water or the contents, it's ALL ABOUT THE GLASS.

My Re-Post of appreciation for "Laker Groundhog's" effort:

Humor at 02:58 PM! Actually, that was hilarious and very time consuming I'm sure. What an honor! I was tied for the most lines! Thank you for grouping me in with the right people and I especially appreciate the exaggeration in the right direction.

Why'd you leave yellofever out of your script? That guy's really cool. He's like the Glenn Beck of this blog and he didn't even get one line. That was my only disappointment.

In all seriousness, great stuff!

@Lew – very dramatic music…heavy…heavy.

@Rocky – Yep, Fisher is a good coach and an even better recruiter. I’ll have to check out Kawhi’s game. I know Smokey Gaines from his University of Detroit days. He was Dick Vitale’s assistant and took over the program when Dick left. I believe Gaines coached SDSU for about 6-7 years in the 80’s. Also, your fantasy squad is looking pretty good.

@frmkt – Yep….yep.
Ba-ba-ba-baby you ain’t seen na-na-na-nothing yet. & Give the bridge y’awl.

@Art – what a nice tribute for the Heat. Like you I’m glad it happened…no need for them to even think of matching anything the 72 Lakers accomplished.

@mclyne – Clash rocks…but that’s cruel. Bad mclyne bad!

@MVP – thanks for the D. Wright numbers. I knew he was playing well, but I didn’t know he was leading the league in 3’s. Plus, he’s filling up the stat sheet. I’ve got him on my fantasy team :-)

You’re right, after 4-5 years you would think Riles and/or DWade would have a good take on his talent.

Groundhog - hilarious!

I'm a Lakers fan thru n thru and closet Fisher fan right now (only because Blake is playing like Fisher, tho). :)

@ Laker Groundhog, Thats the funniest thing I have seen in a LONG TIME.

Welcome back Ouch.

it seems to me that even when the lakers win, SOME PEOPLE appear to be angry with lakerlovers enjoying the moment. so i have to think, what is the motive for these people coming on to this blog in the first place? clearly they are entitled to post, but i feel that if you can't enjoy the game last night for what it suggests for the future for the lakers , try another sport, maybe basketball is not for you

yo MM...

it should read "Kobe Bryant 1,757,216 votes"



Unless there are 500,000 hanging chads out there....!

Laker Groundhog

Thank you so much, it was a funniest post for a while

i saw g money's post about winning. let me take you back to fast and the furious where "IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER YOU WIN BY AN INCH OR A MILE. WINNING'S WINNING."

Laker Groundhog,

that was LMAO funny.

But who are you really?

Marc G, my initials are LT.

I think it was decided a long time ago that regardless of how good you are about writing about the Lakers, if you want to get a laugh around here, you have to be able to write about the people on the blog, cause they love reading about themselves. Good system. This is the kind of effort people should try to put in every post if they can. Agree, disagree or just be confused, at least it's entertaining.





Hmmmm. Well, I know that LakerTom is a nice guy, but if there is one thing he isn't, it's funny.

LAKER TRUTH is seldom very funny in person, but I do suspect he was responsible for a lot of the SASHA V. comments, so that might be a good guess.

I think Lawrence Taylor is on his way to jail, and LaDainian Tomlinson is probably practicing pretty hard for the playoff game this weekend, so those are less likely.

I'll come out and say it, as much as I would love to see Lamar get his first All-Star appearance, he doesn't deserve it more than Blake Griffin. No way.

Griffin is a monster talent and works his tail off every night. Lamar has spent countless seasons in the league and only this year is playing consistently. But no way is he playing at the level of Blake Griffin. The man is a guaranteed double-double and he averages 21.8 points per game and 12.7 rebounds. That's the 14th highest scoring average in the league and 4th best rebounding average. To put it in perspective, Dwight Howard is averaging 21.4 points, less than Griffin, and 13.3 rebounds, which is 0.6 rebounds more than Blake. And Howard is an All-Star starter and the leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference.

Lamar? He's putting up 15.6 points per game, not even in the Top 50 in the league, and 9.7 rebounds per game, his best stat and good enough for 9th.

Yes, our Lakers have a better record than the Clippers, but if that was a consideration, then Richard Jefferson of the Spurs would be in the All-Star Game instead of Lamar.

You could say Blake Griffin is the best player on the Clippers and Lamar is only the 4th or 5th best player on the Lakers, though I'm not sure how that helps his All-Star case. Griffin is actually not the highest scorer on his team, Eric Gordon is with 23.6 ppg, 10th highest in the league, which makes it even more impressive that Griffin is getting 21.8 ppg. It's not like he's the only scoring option in his team.

I know some of us won't be happy unless all 5 starters on the West All-Star team were Lakers and Caracter and Ebanks is on the All-Star bench, but that aside, Blake Griffin definitely deserves to be an All-Star this year.

Laker Groundhog - I'll have to admit that is pretty funny. To answer your question: The glass is half full and half empty!

socalife - I found the hanging chads!! Hopefully the ASG won't require a recount



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