If anyone deserves a spot on the All-Star team, it's Kobe Bryant. Set to retire after this season, Bryant ends a historic, 20 season, NBA career. In addition to many his many regular season records, he has also been honored with four All-Star game MVP awards. Not only has he displayed remarkable athleticism throughout his career, he has also acquired a huge fan base, which would be invaluable to the All-Star game's promotion and viewership.
Even though Kobe Bryant is having a down season during the late stages of his career, he has been one the league's best players for almost two decades, and deserves a final inclusion on the All-Star roster. The All-Star game is about who the fans most want to see more than it is about performance, and his voting lead shows that the fans want him in the game.
Since this will be Kobe Bryant's last year in the NBA, he deserves a spot in the All-Star game. Him and Magic Johnson are main players responsible for the NBA developing in to the product that it is today and the big money contracts that came along with that growth. "Showtime" is what made the NBA as profitable as it it.
Kobe is a beloved icon and definitely should be on the team. His career is coming to an end and this will probably be his last chance to be a member. People love to see Kobe play and this opportunity is the among last in a long line of career achievements for Kobe.