Kobe Bryant and Klay Thompson.

Klay Thompson says it is a dream come true to play alongside Kobe Bryant

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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson shot the lights out on Saturday night to claim the three-point shooting crown from his teammate Stephen Curry and will line-up for his second All-Star game at the Air Canda Center. 

For a second successive year, Thompson will represent the Western Conference and he will team up with a player at the other end of the spectrum; Kobe Bryant.

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar was named an All-Star for the 18th time in his final NBA season and Thompson admits it is a 'dream come true' to be on the same side as the Black Mamba.

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The 26-year-old said: "I never thought I'd be in an All-Star game with Kobe Bryant. His last All-Star game. It is a pretty iconic moment and I'm very excited to share a court with him. For all the guys that play shooting guard or the wing position in my generation, we all try to emulate what he did, so it is a real special moment for all of us."

Thompson's father Mychal, who won two NBA championships with the San Antonio Spurs, became a colour commentator for the Lakers in 2003 and Klay admits he was so star struck as a youngster wanting to emulate the basketball icon.

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"I was always so star struck as a kid that I never tried to bother him too much. I just tried to get a picture and try and brag to my friends that I was tight with Kobe Bryant.

"I would just observe what he did from pre-game to post-game. I never tried to bother him too much as I knew he was such a workaholic and he was always focused."

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Kobe has won the All-Star MVP award four times in his illustrious career and much of the build-up to the showpiece event has been centred around whether the six-time Champion can add a fifth MVP title to his collection. 

And Thompson is under no doubt about who deserves to claim the award on Sunday night: "If he's open I'm going to try and get him the rock because he has to go out on top for what he has done for the NBA. There won't be another guy like him, so he deserves it."

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