The Los Angeles Lakers great has been a regular in All-Star Weekends since 1997. He is an 18-time All-Star selectee, a four-time All-Star Game MVP, and is one of the fiercest competitors who ever played in the mid-season showcase (even if it's all for fun and sportsmanship).
On Monday, the Black Mamba will continue his farewell tour, leading the West against the beasts of the East one final time. And hopefully his aging legs will cooperate for a dazzling swan song, a magnificent farewell of sorts worthy of his remarkable legacy.
Speaking of legacy, Kobe has certainly displayed his topnotch competitiveness and skills in every match he's played in—especially in All-Star Games.
Below are Kobe's most memorable All-Star Game moments, immortalized in GIFs.
1997 - When he made this iconic slam
En route to winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest.
1998 - Kobe's first All-Star Game appearance
It may be his first, but he was definitely not fazed at all. The 19-year-old Kobe finished with a team-high 18 points.
2002 - Winning his first All-Star MVP plum
It may be just a glorified exhibition match, but the Black Mamba did not let up. He scored a game-high 31 points and dished out five assists leading to his first All-Star Game MVP award.
2003 - Winning the duel against Michael Jordan
The year 2003 marked MJ's final stint in an All-Star Game. All throughout the match, Kobe relentlessly defended Jordan as if they were playing in a Game 7, blocking his shots a number of times. The West also won the game, 155-145.
2011 - Kobe's last All-Star Game MVP award
With a new breed of NBA superstars headlined by LeBron James and Kevin Durant poised to take over the league, Kobe showed us all that he's still "the man," pouring in 37 points and grabbing the All-Star Game MVP trophy for the fourth time.
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