NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The NBA announced Thursday Kobe Bryant had won a nationwide fan balloting and would appear in the league's All-Star Game for a record 15th straight year.
Bryant, whose Los Angeles Lakers are struggling to get back to the breakeven mark in the standings, will start for the Western Conference when the stars of the NBA meet in Houston on Feb. 17.
Miami's LeBron James was second in the voting and led in the Eastern Conference with 1,583,646 votes.
The seven reserve players for each side will be selected by the league's coaches and will be announced on Jan. 24.
James, who on Wednesday became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points in a career, will be playing in his ninth All-Star Game.