Lakers’ Top 5 Moments in All-Star Weekend History

PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) Kobe Bryant
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This year the All-Star game featured no Los Angeles Lakers. This is the second consecutive year that didn’t feature any Lakers. That doesn’t happen much for the Lakers, as the last time it happened was nearly 25 years ago.

The last All-Star the Lakers had was obviously Kobe Bryant in 2016, during his final season. These are definitely uncharted waters for the Lakers, but the future looks promising.

The Lakers have a promising young core of players that may be All-Stars sooner rather than later. Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Lonzo Ball, in fact, were all selected to the Rising Stars game this year (Lonzo Ball didn’t play due to injury). This is only the second time it has happened for the Lakers. The first time was in 1997 with Derek Fisher, Travis Knight, and a certain Kobe Bryant.

But since there’s not much Lakers news revolving this All-Star game (other than Paul George’s impending free agency decision), let’s take a look at the best moments in Lakers All-Star history.

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Number 5: Kobe Bryant Ties Record for Most MVPs with 4

In 2011 Kobe Bryant tied Bob Pettit in All-Star MVP’s with four. It broke his tie with Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and Shaquille O’Neal. LeBron James now has three as well. That’s all great, great basketball company.

Kobe took home the award with a game-high 37 points and 14 rebounds (10 offensive) in a rather low scoring game of 148-143, with the West winning.

All-Star MVP’s definitely aren’t the most respected accolade in the game, but it always seemed like Kobe was obsessed with being better than Michael Jordan and Shaq, and this gave him something to brag about. This is, however, Kobe’s final All-Star MVP, with Kobe’s 18th and final All-Star game coming in 2016.