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Kobe Bryant, All-Star vote leader, says he's 'an old dog'

Bryant is ahead of LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

When Kobe Bryant was told Thursday that he remains the top vote-getter for the NBA All-Star game, he seemed a bit surprised.

"Oh, really? Damn," Bryant said. "I guess people want to see an old dog."

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An old dog that apparently does not need to be taught any new tricks.

Bryant, 34, is averaging 30.3 points a game, his third-highest output in his 17-season career, and he's more efficient than ever, shooting a career-high 47.9% from the field.

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In the third round of NBA All-Star ballot returns, he has 1,177,456 votes, ahead of LeBron James, who has 1,151,304.

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Bryant may be putting up some of the most impressive numbers of his career, but he talked about his getting more votes than James and Kevin Durant in a self-deprecating manner, comparing himself to an old man.

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"It's just like backyard ball, you see your old ... uncle backing guys down and making shots," he said. "That's what it's kind of like."

Bryant, a 14-time All-Star, said he still looks forward to playing in All-Star games.

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"In those situations you don't have to worry about zone coverages or double teams," Bryant said. "You just get the chance to go at a guy. It's fun for me to be a part of that."

And he enjoys showing up the younger guys?

"It may have a little bit to do with it, but for me, I've been that competitive about the game since I was 18," he said.

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