Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, O.J. Mayo and Friday's Latest NBA News

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Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, O.J. Mayo and Friday's Latest NBA News
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Throughout the past couple of weeks, NBA headlines have been stacked from top to bottom about potential trade rumors floating around the league.

With the weekend just around the corner, we have some fresh new NBA news to start your Friday off and it doesn't involve... take a deep breath... Carmelo Anthony.

To start, the NBA All-Star starters were announced yesterday, and from the initial looks of it, fans got this one right, for the most part. That is, outside of Yao Ming being once again named as the Western Conference starting center. It has pretty much gotten to the point where we can all accept the fact that even when Yao Ming is retired (which could happen sooner than later), China natives will still find a way to make sure he secures his spot as the Western Conference's starting big man.

Despite rumors spreading like wildfire that he has aged and isn't the same player this season, L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was named a starter for the West and is the overall leading vote-getter.

This is the way it should be.

Until LeBron James wins an NBA Championship, Kobe Bryant should be considered by all as the best player in the game, and in return, it is only right that he gets the most respect from fans and is the leader in votes.

LeBron James did receive more than two million votes and will be the starting small forward for the East team, joining teammate Dwyane Wade. According to an Associated Press article posted on ESPN.com, James and Wade will become the first set of teammates to start for the East since Wade and O'Neal did it while playing for the Heat in 2007.

The final big NBA news of the day comes as a shock to many, as Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo was suspended for 10 games for violating the leagues anti-drug program by testing positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). He claims that he didn't know the drug was banned by the NBA.

Newsflash, O.J., if you can't pronounce the name of it and you have to question whether or not it is banned by the league, it's probably not something you should be putting in your body. This incident sure isn't going to help your chances of finding your way back into the starting lineup anytime soon.

Let's dive into these stories and take a look at what this news means for these players and beyond.

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