Fans can watch the 2016 NBA All-Star Game live online and see if Kobe Bryant can shine in one of his last hurrahs in the league he dominated for so long.
Sunday’s exhibition will be the final one for Kobe, who announced that he will retire after this season and will almost definitely not be in the playoffs with the woeful Los Angeles Lakers.
Fans will get a chance to watch Kobe when the game kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET. Coverage is on TNT, but it will also be available for live streaming (links below) to the estimated 750 million people from around the globe who ESPN estimated will be tuning in.
Before the game, Kobe was in a reflective mood, sharing memories from his time in the NBA. Though Kobe has lost a step or two, he was still a huge fan favorite, and led all voting on the fan ballot for Sunday’s game.
“I just feel very blessed to be able to play so many years, man,” Bryant said. “Twenty years is a long time, so I feel very good about it.”
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) February 14, 2016
“This is pretty cool,” Bryant added. “I’m looking around the room and I’m seeing guys that I’m playing with that are tearing the league up that were like 4 for my first All-Star Game… How many players can say they played 20 years and actually have seen the game go through three, four generations? It’s not sad at all. I’m really happy and honored to be here and see this.”
Fans who watch the 2016 NBA All-Star Game live online will likely see Bryant put on a show. His teammates have vowed to get him the ball as much as possible, even though Kobe predicted he would play 10 minutes or less.
“We definitely want to send him off on a good note,” Kevin Durant said. “We know he’s going to be super competitive.”
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 14, 2016
Kobe’s final game on the big stage is also earning plenty of attention beyond the game. This week, Michael Jordan sent the Lakers legend a complete set of Air Jordans, valued at about $100,000, to commemorate the final All-Star game. An identical set is also being auctioned on eBay to benefit the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, which works with families and kids.
There is plenty of other action for fans who watch the 2016 NBA All-Star Game live online. The game will also feature a trio of Golden State Warriors players, led by the red-hot shooter Stephen Curry.
Though Curry is nearly unstoppable from deep this season, even he said he will defer to Kobe in Sunday’s game.
Kobe didn’t seem to oblige, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News noted.
“Yet, Bryant did not sound thrilled on the idea that his Western Conference teammates could help him. Bryant reported dismissively questioning Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry after the NBA’s reigning MVP told him, ‘I have a lot of assists for you.’
“I said, ‘No. What are you doing? You’re a shooter. You grew up watching me. What the hell are you talking about that you want to pass me the ball at an All-Star game. Are you crazy?’ “
Fans who want to watch the 2016 NBA All-Star game live online can click here for live streaming video through TBS, which is airing the game simultaneously with TNT.
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