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All-Star Starters Tonight on TNT

Can Kobe Bryant hold off LeBron James to once again be the leading vote-getter?

Will Jeremy Lin make a late finishing push to supplant MVP candidate Chris Paul in the Western Conference?

allstar-13-200Those are the two biggest questions left to answer when the results of fan balloting to choose the starting lineups for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game are announced tonight on TNT (7 p.m. ET).

Bryant, who leads the league in scoring, had an advantage of 26,152 votes over James in the overall race in the most recent round of results released on Jan. 3. Paul was holding down the second spot in the West backcourt with a lead of 46,269 votes over Lin. The top three in the West frontcourt voting are: Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin.

James was leading everyone in the Eastern Conference, followed by frontcourt partners Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett. The top two backcourt vote-getters were Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.

The howls of protest would likely be loudest if Lin, getting a strong wave of support from Asia, were to beat out Paul, who has the Clippers challenging Oklahoma City for the best record in the NBA.

But others who could make a legitimate case that they should be in the starting lineups based on their performances so far this season are Knicks center Tyson Chander in the East frontcourt and Spurs’ veteran Tim Duncan in the West frontcourt.

Eternal Kidd Wants To Play 20 Years

DALLAS – He might be 38 years old, but there are days when Jason Kidd feels like he could play basketball forever. Or close to it.

“I would like to get to 20 years,” Kidd said following the opening workout of the season for the defending champion Mavericks. “I feel great. So if I can survive this sprint of 66 games, we’ll see how I feel come next year.”

The 38-year-old Kidd averaged 7.9 points, 8.2 assists and 33.2 minutes per game last season. While the reigning champs may have lost Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler already to free agency, their point guard is back in his spot in the starting lineup.

“I would love to keep going,” Kidd said. “I was joking with Dirk. I said, ‘We can retire together.’

“This is 18. I would love to get to 20. I think that would be a great feat through everybody forgetting my name and always just calling me old. You can call me ‘Twenty’ at that point.

“As a kid you just think about playing. Then you look back at it and say, ‘If I can get past eight years, I’ve had a great career.’ Now it’s going on 18, so why stop now?”

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle did not bat an eye at the notion of Kidd still running the offense and sticking 3-pointers at age 41.

“I have a good perspective on this, because I had Reggie Miller when he was 39 and at that point he was averaging 33, 34 minutes for us in Indiana,” Carlisle said. “He was a guy that was scoring 16 to 18 points a game and he was still a big-time player.

“Reggie chose to stop at age 39. He felt that was enough for him. Jason Kidd is very similar to Reggie. He takes great care of his body. He has great love and respect for the game and has adapted as the years have gone on. Not only has the game changed, but his skills have changed. And I’m talking about things he’s added to his game. It’s not anything that he’s lost.

“He’s a very unique person. You see guys like this about once or twice a decade.”