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The brightest among stars

Kobe Bryant has started and scored the most points in All-Star Game history. The Black Mamba was named ASG MVP four-times, tied for the most with Bob Pettit.

No. 23 USC at Arizona State

The No. 23 Trojans already have two more conference victories than the last two seasons combined as they seek their fourth straight win at Arizona State. Follow live

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The Sixers' Nik Stauskas on who has the better nickname, him ("Sauce Castillo") or Kobe: "Oh, Black Mamba, no doubt. That's cold blooded."

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Kobe Bryant on All-Time scoring list

The Lakers legend will hang up his sneakers as the No. 3 scorer in NBA history at the end of this season. Bryant averages 25.1 points per game for his career.

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Kobe Bryant's All-Star accomplishments (2:35)

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Kobe Bryant gave LeBron James a signed pair of Bryant's signature sneakers after they played each other earlier this week in Cleveland. "They were dedicated to me," James said Friday, "and they're going to go in my trophy case."

Can Wildcats' defense show its teeth?

Arizona is one of the nation's most efficient teams on the defensive end. Combined with the return of Allonzo Trier, our Myron Medcalf isn't expecting USC to be able to get it done. Weekend predictions

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SportsNation: Will Kobe be this year's All-Star MVP? (2:30)
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UCLA looking for the sweep against Arizona (1:21)

Trojans tourney bound?

Sure seems like it. USC's in pretty solid shape as far as the bubble is concerned and will have a comfortable seed. There's work to do, however, if the Trojans want their stock to climb. Bubble Watch

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CP3 helped turn around the franchise

The Clippers have made the playoffs every year since trading for Chris Paul in 2011. The nine-time All-Star has helped produce wins to make L.A. a contender year in and year out.

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The under-the-radar rematch

Pay close attention to what's happening out in the Pac-12 this weekend. Most of the attention is on Oklahoma and Kansas, but USC and Arizona have four overtimes worth of pleasantries to renew as well. Weekend Homework

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Nuggets forward Will Barton calls Kobe Bryant "the best player ever" and says "every time he steps on the court, something legendary happens."

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Klay Thompson, whose father Mychal played for the Lakers, is excited to be a part of Kobe Bryant's last All-Star Game.

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Isaiah Thomas has no intention of taking it easy on Kobe Bryant in Kobe's final All-Star Game.

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Wade reflects of first game against Kobe (1:12)
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Anthony Davis: "Anytime I'm on the floor and Kobe's on the floor and he asks for the ball I'm giving it to him."

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CP3 credits depth for Clippers overcoming Griffin injury (3:00)
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LeBron's admiration for Kobe goes back to childhood (1:04)
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Kobe honored to witness the progression of the game (0:31)