However, the 17-time All-Star has one big supporter when it comes to his All-Star prospects: NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
After balloting for the All-Star game opened Thursday, Silver spoke with SiriusXM NBA Radio and admitted he thinks Bryant should get a sendoff at the midseason exhibition.
"I hope to see him there," Silver said, according to the Los Angeles Times' Eric Pincus. "I think he deserves to be there. He's going to retire as one of the NBA's greatest players."
The complete sound bite can be heard below, courtesy of SoundCloud.
While Bryant's numbers are hardly worthy of an 18th selection, there's no denying it would be a great tribute to one of the sport's biggest ambassadors to see him living it up on the All-Star hardwood one final time.
Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding noted Bryant's positional shift could tilt votes in his favor:
KEVIN DING @KevinDing
Kobe on All-Star ballot in frontcourt this year. Makes it easier for him to be voted in, not competing with Curry and Harden for two spots.12/10/2015, 7:54:57 PM
Bryant has captured four All-Star Game MVPs (2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011) over the course of his career and ranks first all-time with 280 points in All-Star competition, according to Basketball-Reference.com.
Fan voting is scheduled to end Jan. 19, so it will be fascinating to see how the results play out in advance of the Feb. 14 clash in Canada.
If Bryant is ultimately left out of the starting five and snubbed from the coaches' reserve vote, the possibility of the league's adding Bryant as an honorary member of the Western Conference squad could be enticing.
"We'll see what the fans and the coaches decide, and then we'll go from there," Silver said, per Pincus.
Despite his underwhelming performance throughout the first month-and-a-half of the season, it would be hard to argue Bryant's legacy doesn't deserve recognition on the All-Star stage one final time.
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