WATCH: Kobe Bryant’s Interview at 2016 NBA All-Star Game Alongside Steph Curry

Published 03/08/2021, 7:00 AM EST


Kobe Bryant spent 20 years in the league and left an unforgettable legacy behind. In fact, the Lakers legend even got a farewell tour for himself during his last season in the league. As a part of that tour, Kobe was also selected as an NBA All-Star for the final time in his illustrious career.

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The 2016 NBA All-Star game gave fans numerous highlights to remember the Mamba. All things considered, Kobe put on a great show for one last time in the All-Star game. Bryant finished the game with 10 points, but the Western All-Stars still won the game.

The score was 196-173 in favor of the Western All-Stars as Kobe stepped off the court for the last time in an NBA All-Star game. At the weekend, Bryant gave several interviews sharing his thoughts on his last game at this stage.

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Last interview of Kobe Bryant from the 2016 NBA All-Star game

EL SEGUNDO, CA – OCTOBER 01: Kobe Bryant arrives at Time Warner Cable Sportsnet launch party held at Time Warner Cable Sports Studios on October 1, 2012 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Among the numerous interviews, Kobe discussed his thoughts on the game with Craig Sager and Steph Curry. Kobe said:

It’s exciting. I mean to be able to play for these many years and be around so many great players for all these years, it’s a beautiful feeling to be around them.”

During the interview, Kobe was accompanied by Steph as he was one of the leading vote getters in that year. Furthermore, Kobe was asked if he wanted to get the fifth All-Star MVP before he hangs out his sneakers for good. To this question Bryant replied:

No that would not be true to what I’m leaving behind with the game. I want to come out and compete. Don’t do something for me, let’s go out there and compete and have a good competitive game. [And] let’s win the game, that’s it. That’s all I want.”

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Like Kobe asked, it was a competitive game and his side ended up taking the dub. Russell Westbrook ended up taking the All-Star MVP home for his insane performance in the game.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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