Star Game Revolves Around Kobe Bryant

CHICAGO (AP) – Kobe Bryant used to look his best when he entered the field for the NBA All-Star Game. The best current players in the league will try to emulate him this Sunday, when Team LeBron is measured with Team Giannis. The All-Star festivities returned to Chicago for the first time since 1988, when Michael Jordan beat Dominique Wilkins in the competition nailed that is still considered the standard of the current show. Jordan also scored 40 points to guide the Eastern Conference to a triumph over the West, but Bryant has overshadowed the events of the weekend, about twenty days after he and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died along with seven other people in a helicopter that crashed on the side of a hill near Los Angeles. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Saturday night that the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Award has been renamed Bryant’s honor. “We know he is watching us from above,” said LeBron James, the current star of the Los Angeles Lakers. “It is our responsibility to represent the colors gold and purple not only for him but for all the greats, all those who have gone through the Lake Show. I really don’t want to sit here and talk too much. It’s a very sensitive issue, but he’s with us every day. ”Bryant played on five teams that won the NBA title. He won a prize for the Most Valuable Player in the league and two titles as the top scorer during a race that spanned 20 seasons with the Lakers and left him ready for his exaltation to the Hall of Fame. On Friday, he was mentioned as one of the eight finalists in the vote. He was the youngest player selected for the All-Star Game in NBA history, is second with 18 stellar elections and drew a record, being named four times as the Most Valuable Player of that I find, including the occasion at his home, in 2011, when he dazzled with 37 points and 14 rebounds. Bryant scored 20 points or more seven times during the All-Star Game. “All this to pay tribute to Kobe is amazing , so I think the game will also be fun, ”said Kyle Lowry, a Toronto player, who appears in his sixth All-Star Game in a row. “I hope it’s something really intense. I hope we give fans one of the best Star Games in history. ”