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Kobe Bryant addresses the media about how the NBA game has changed by saying, "Guys that I'm playing with that are tearing the league up that were 4 for my first All-Star."
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Kobe Bryant adds 'Supernova' to list of nicknames

February, 12, 2016
Feb 12
11:44
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Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is in his final year in the NBA, but that doesn't mean he has stopped learning, including about what it means to really be a star.

It all started when Bryant posted a question on his Twitter feed. The hashtag #Kobe11 was in reference to his shoe line, where star themes often appear.

One Los Angeles resident who responded happened to be a USC doctor, Rahul Dhawan. He works in the East L.A. community and goes by @ElDoctorRahul on Twitter -- his professional area of expertise is kidney transplants.

Bryant was definitely amused by his answer, which spoke to both a scientific understanding of stars and an awareness of the point Bryant's career has reached.

Keep up with all the latest Lakers news on their team page.

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Ramona Shelburne describes her experiences following Kobe Bryant on his farewell tour, with every city doing its own ceremony to honor him.
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Tracy McGrady expresses his frustration over the Lakers acquiring Pau Gasol from the Grizzlies in exchange for Kwame Brown in February of 2008.
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Tracy McGrady says Kobe Bryant is the greatest player he's ever played against in his career, and that includes matchups against Michael Jordan in the late 1990s.

Lakers Daily Links: Friday

February, 12, 2016
Feb 12
7:34
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Kobe Bryant wants to relish his final NBA All-Star game: The noise became louder with every move Kobe Bryant made. He stood up from a press table and groaned. Bryant moved his feet and winced. Bryant then uttered “Oh God,” before stepping from the platform to the ground. He then walked gingerly after sitting for almost 12 minutes. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson embracing NBA All-Star weekend: Plenty of their teammates will rest. Their head coach will vacation in Mexico. But for Kobe Bryant, D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, the NBA All-Star break actually just means more work. -- Los Angeles Daily News

What will Kobe Bryant do in his final NBA All-Star game?: As Kobe Bryant's farewell tour alternately limps and lopes into its final lap, the strangest thing is happening. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers' Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell plan to soak up the All-Star experience: A year ago, Jordan Clarkson’s All-Star weekend was spent in the gym. He proudly watched as his high school number was retired in San Antonio, then he returned to Los Angeles for the first of several workouts with then-Lakers guard Steve Nash. That was when he was just trying to make an impression in the league. -- The Orange County Register

NBA All-Star Game no longer centers around big men: They are big, sometimes burly and almost always a force in the paint. Yet when it comes to All-Star voting, NBA centers are losing their footing. For a third consecutive season, the All-Star Game is light on big men, the result of a change in fan voting rules. No centers cracked the list of the 10 players who will start Sunday in Toronto. -- The Orange County Register

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TORONTO -- "Kobe! Kobe! We're from Toronto. We just wanted to give you a retirement gift," the local radio station reporter began, pushing a cream-colored envelope and shimmering red gift bag replete with a white bow across the table.

"Dear Kobe," the envelope read in cursive, and inside the bag: a bottle of Brio, a sweet Italian soda produced in Canada.

"Ah, thanks, man," Kobe Bryant said, nodding before taking both gifts and carefully placing them beside his feet.

By that point Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers icon was nearly one minute into a 25-minute media session leading up to his final All-Star Game Sunday at the Air Canada Centre. Four questions had been lobbed his way; nearly 70 more would follow, including if Bryant would miss talking to the media after he bids the NBA adieu.

"I'm not going to lie to you," he said with a smile," and say 'yes.'"

But that early gesture epitomized the circus that has surrounded the 18-time All-Star throughout his season-long farewell tour, and it set the tone for the array of odd questions and unusual gifts to come, including a portrait depicting a samurai sword-wielding Bryant standing on the Lakers half-court logo in a purple kimono.

As usual this season, Bryant's responses were thoughtful, with an occasional dose of humor mixed in, such as when he was asked what it takes to secure entrance into the "vino club", a reference to Bryant's sobriquet (vino) that he has aged well.

"Well, to be old in age and young in spirit, how about that?" Bryant asked.

With a laugh, Bryant then added, "You like the connection I made to wine with 'spirit'? Did you catch that?"

Of Sunday's game, Bryant, who will start, said he has "zero" inclination to win his fifth All-Star MVP award. He said he doesn't expect to play many minutes, either.


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Fans can use emojis to vote for All-Star Game MVP

February, 11, 2016
Feb 11
7:39
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TORONTO -- Voting for the NBA All-Star Game MVP will include Twitter -- using emojis.

That's right.

Fans can vote for a black snake (Kobe Bryant), a king's crown (LeBron James), or an eyebrow (Anthony Davis).

The NBA announced Thursday that emojis had been created for all 24 players in Sunday's game by using a hashtag and their full name. Beginning in the fourth quarter, fans can vote by using #KiaAllStarMVP and #firstnamelastname in the same tweet. Retweets will count up to 100 times and the fan vote winner will account for 25 percent of the overall vote.

Bryant, nicknamed the Black Mamba, has won the MVP award four times. King James, as the Cleveland superstar is known, has won twice.

Emojis were also created for the TNT crew, including a doughnut for Charles Barkley, who took it in stride.

"That's funny,'' Barkley said. "You can't take yourself too serious.''


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Shaquille O'NealSteve Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesShaquille O'Neal, who ended his career in Boston in 2011, says he wishes he had been healthy enough to play one more season to say goodbye to the fans and teams in each city.

TORONTO -- Shaquille O'Neal says he wishes he could have had a farewell tour at the end of his career similar to the one former teammate Kobe Bryant is enjoying now.

O'Neal held court in Toronto before TNT's popular "Inside The NBA" television show Thursday night as the NBA prepared to kick off its All-Star weekend. He reminisced about his time with Bryant, the Lakers star who is retiring at the end of the season.

O'Neal was forced to retire in 2011 at age 37 after tearing his Achilles. He says he would have enjoyed being able to say goodbye to the fans and teams in each city, but he wasn't healthy enough to play the one more season on which he had he planned.

Bryant was voted a starter for the West team for Sunday's game.


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TEAM LEADERS

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Kobe Bryant
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 3.4 1.0 29.3
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Randle 10.0
AssistsK. Bryant 3.4
StealsD. Russell 1.2
BlocksR. Hibbert 1.5