We're just over one week away from the 2016 All-Star game and this year that means one thing above all else - it's almost time to say goodbye to Kobe Bryant as an NBA All-Star.
With Kobe having been virtually assured of a spot in the event ever since he announced in mid-January that he would be retiring at the end of the season, the league is sure to have plenty planned to mark the occasion come February 14.
However, one of Kobe's former teammates, Shaquille O'Neal, thinks he knows one particular goal Bryant has in mind for the weekend:
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"If his legs are good, he’s feeling good and his stroke is going, knowing Kobe, he will go for the MVP," explained Shaq during an Inside the NBA conference call on Thursday.
"It’s all about certain storylines, and the first part of the storyline is the Kobe tour. If he can get MVP that would be the second part of the storyline.
"The last part of the storyline is he would like to get a championship or make the playoffs, but that’s definitely not going to happen.”
The 2016 All-Star game will be Kobe's 18th time at the exhibition event and he has been named the game's MVP on four occasions. Taking home the honor for a record fifth time would certainly be a great way to mark the future Hall of Famer's career.
It will be a tough task for the 37-yearold Lakers star, however, considering the level of talent that he will be joining him on the Toronto hardwood.
Yet, having hit 27 points last night against the New Orleans Pelicans and 37 against the Timberwolves this past Tuesday, it does appear Bryant is preparing to put on a show come a week on Sunday.