Kobe Bryant’s powers on the court may have waned in his advancing years, but he still has the support of his peers, HollywoodLife.com can EXCLUSIVELY reveal. Will they help the 5-time NBA champ win the NBA All-Star Game MVP on Feb. 14? Click here to find out!
Kobe Bryant, 37, may not be at the top of his game anymore, but he’s still loved by his fellow professionals. The Los Angeles Lakers all-time leading scorer is being primed to win the MVP at the NBA All-Star Game in his last season as a pro, HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned. What a fitting way to retire!
Kobe is playing in his last NBA All-Star Game after announcing this was going to be his final season for the Lakers. With that in mind, the likes of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will do everything they can to make sure Black Mamba has a great game.
“As a show of respect, a lot of the players in the game are looking to have Kobe have an amazing game and pretty much gift wrap the MVP award for him,”a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “They want him to take a majority of the shots, play important minutes and win or lose be responsible for one last great All-Star game for him. Many of the players want to see it happen and are hoping for the turnout to be an MVP for Kobe.”
James Harden, of the Houston Rockets, is just one of the many players in the NBA All-Star Game that has led the tributes to the inspirational shooting guard. “He’s been my idol growing up, my basketball idol. Like I said, just watching him play meant everything to me. So this is his last year, and he’s going to retire, and there’s going to be no more Kobe Bryant playing basketball, it’s kind of sad. It’s kind of sad about that, but at some point he had to go,” he told NBC Sports.
Should the players fulfill their end of the bargain, Kobe could be set to win his 5th MVP at the NBA All-Star Game. That would add to his titles in 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011. Kobe has received the joint-most MVP wins in the annual exhibition match alongside Bob Pettit.
For sentimental reasons, it would be great to see Kobe enjoy one final swan song at the top, and if he gets a helping hand with that — even better!
HollywoodLifers, do you think Kobe will win the MVP? Or will it be Stephen Curry or LeBron James that lifts the coveted trophy? Sound off to us below!