The Kobe Bryant farewell tour will arrive in Toronto next month for the NBA All-Star Game. Bryant leads the league in All-Star voting by a wide margin, a true testament to his mythic status. The brilliance only comes in flashes nowadays, but the Mamba has performed admirably this season after a horrid start. He’s putting up 16.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in season 20, and if he wasn’t sporting a career-low 44.6 true shooting percentage, he might be tempted to have him return. But this is not a legitimate All-Star season for him despite the fact Kobe will be in Toronto with the rest of the Western Conference elite.
Bean’s final All-Star Game is reminiscent of Michael Jordan’s last All-Star Game in 2003. A young Kobe went toe-to-toe with His Airness in that game and didn’t hold anything back against a 40-year-old GOAT.