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NBA Analysis: Lakers Kobe, Gasol to Lead All-Star Starters

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Big 2011 NBA All-Star Game news!

Two members of the Los Angeles Lakers have made it to the Western Conference Team as the results of the first round of counting was done: Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.

This is big because this is the first time two Lakers have made it to the first count since Kobe and Shaquille O'Neal were declared front-runners for the 2002 NBA All-Star game.

What makes it equally exciting for Lakers fans is that Pau Gasol has made the Top 2 in the forwards division, a space usually reserved for Tim Duncan or Carmelo Anthony.

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Gasol got 390,808 votes in the first set of results, edging Anthony's 369,768. By All-Star voting standards, that lead is not safe and it would take a simple pitch from Anthony to swing back the lead in his favor. But this should encourage Lakers fans to keep on voting for Pau.

Hypothetically, the Lakers have a good chance of fielding three starters. This is because Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets announced that he aggravated an injury and will be out for the season. This open things up fir Andrew Bynum, who just needs to show up, if you ask me.

So vote for the members of the Los Angeles Lakers to the 2011 NBA All-Star Game now at NBA.com!

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