No need to rub your eyes,splash cold water on your face or pinch yourself. This is not a dream.
But there is a better-than-average chance Kobe and Shaq could be teammates again. No, no one is asking for a trade or opting out of their contract, but the former Laker duo could be playing on the same All-Star squad.
Bryant is a lock for his 11th All-Star Game selection. He leads all Western Conference players with 1,280,912 votes through the second balloting. O’Neal, however, will need the coaches’ backing to land a spot. Yao Ming has more than double the Diesel’s 546,583 votes — but there is a strong case for him deserving a spot as a reserve.
O’Neal is averaging 17.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, and his 59.1 field-goal percentage ranks second in the league. Also, the game is being played in Phoenix, which could help Shaq’s cause.
The host city almost always ends up with a player on the roster and Amar’e Stoudemire is the only other Suns player in contention.