Is Kobe Bryant Serious About Not Trying To Win MVP During The NBA All-Star Game This Weekend?
Kobe Bryant has been named the MVP of the NBA All-Star Game on four occasions in the past. In 2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011, he was the MVP of the league’s annual exhibition game, which ties him for the most all-time ASG MVP awards with Bob Pettit. So heading into All-Star Weekend, the thought was thought Kobe might try to break the record in his final All-Star Game appearance. It actually seems like he should be the favorite to win the award when you consider that fans would want to see him break the record. He wouldn’t even have to go off like he has in the past to win the award, either. By simply dropping 15 or 20 points in a winning effort, he could walk off the floor for the last time with yet another piece of hardware tucked under his arm.
It doesn’t sound like Kobe has any interest in doing it, though, and he has even insinuated that he might not play that much during the All-Star Game this year. At this point in the season, Kobe is breaking down—he told reporters that he feels “horrible” last night—and he could use some rest. So according to him, he’s going to take it easy this weekend and try not to sustain anymore bumps or bruises.
“Why?” he said when he was asked if he will go after another MVP award. “I’m good. I’m good. I’m good. I’ll make a couple jump shots and try to play the best I can, but I’m OK.”
Question is: Will Kobe’s fellow All-Stars let him get away with just going through the motions? Surely, Steph Curry could fire up as many shots as he wants and take the torch from Kobe this weekend. But something tells us Kobe’s Western Conference teammates are going to encourage him to shoot the ball early and often. Even if he doesn’t play much, Kobe will probably be allowed to shoot whenever he wants and, if he sinks enough shots, he could be a legit MVP threat. Additionally, if he’s in the game towards the end when it really matters and his team wins? Forget about it. Kobe could easily walk away with another achievement in the record books. And you know what? We really aren’t expecting anything less from him and can’t wait to see what he’s able to do on Sunday.