Kobe leads West in NBA All-Star game
For the fourth time in his career, Kobe Bryant was named the Most Valuable Player in the National Basketball Association’s All-Star game. He ties the record with hall of famer Bob Pettit. It is another achievement for the 13-time all-star, who also has five NBA championship rings and an Olympic gold medal. Kobe finished the game with 37 points, 5 points away from Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star scoring record from 1962. He also logged 14 rebounds.
Prior to the game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Kobe’s team, the Los Angeles Lakers, sustained a three-game losing streak, including a loss to the last-place Cleveland Cavaliers. The 32-year-old guard played hard in a game that is usually a more relaxed showcase of stars.
“It feels great, being at home here and playing in front of the home crowd,” Bryant said.
LeBron James was the impressive player for the East squad, earning the second triple-double in All-Star game history, after Michael Jordan’s 1997 achievement.
The All-Star game drew its highest television rating since Michael Jordan’s final appearance.
Nike short film starring Kobe debuts
Bryant recently starred in a five minute film, directed by Robert Rodriguez. The short movie, called “The Black Mamba”, depicts Kobe’s alter ego in a long form advertisement for Nike. The film also features Bruce Willis and Kanye West.
Kobe honored on Walk of Fame
During the NBA All-Star weekend, Bryant immortalized his size 14 sneakers in the cement in Los Angeles. He is the first athlete to be honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is comprised of personalities from the entertainment world.
Kobe is already 8th on the all time scoring list, and earlier this season, he became the youngest NBA player to score 26,000 points.