Bryant leads All-Star vote

Retiring Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant currently leads voting figures for the NBA All-Star Game, the league announced.

To date, the 17-time All-Star, has received 719,235 votes, with the Golden State Warriors' reigning MVP Stephen Curry  second with 510,202, while Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James tops the voting in the Eastern Conference with 357,937 votes.

The 65th All-Star Game takes place in Toronto on February 14, and is an annual contest of NBA elite stars as voted by basketball's global fan base.

Bryant is the leading scorer in NBA All-Star Game history with 280 points and only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) has appeared in more All-Star matches than the Lakers guard.

Curry, meanwhile, averages an impressive 31.2 points per match for the reigning champions, who have lost only once in 28 games so far this season.

Next on the Western Conference votes are Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook and Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul with 267,699 and 146,335 votes respectively.

Bryant is likely to be joined in the West front-court by Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (349,473), Clippers' Blake Griffin (182,107) or San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (164,521).

Meanwhile, James is followed by Indiana Pacers' Paul George (283,785),  Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond (148,278) and New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony (132,119) in the voting for the East's front court.

Voting closes on January 18 and the respective starting line-ups will be confirmed three days later.