After announcing his retirement late last year, Kobe Bryant is doing his rounds in his final season, including playing in his last All-Star game. With 20 years in the NBA, five championship rings, a sneaker brand, and various endorsements, Kobe was the talk of the town at the 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, held at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario.
Among celebrities who paid respect to the All-Star included Straight Out of Compton‘s O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Race stars Stephan James and Shamier Anderson, and NBA champion Rick Fox. O’Shea was very confident in his basketball skills as he participated in the game on team USA with coach Kevin Hart. The young actor said that if he had to compare himself to any basketball player it would be Kobe and he shared his favorite Mamba moment.
“I really have about five really good Kobe moments,” he said. “But if I had to pick one it would be game 7 against the Celtics. Kobe had to get that 5th ring. There was no more nerve-racking moment for me as a lakers fan than that.”
Fox, who played with Kobe, said his favorite moments were getting championship rings with his former teammate.
James, who showed off his track skills as Jessie Owens in his upcoming film, also had to put his basketball skills to the test while playing in the game for team Canada with coach Drake. The rising star explained that he’s always been a Kobe fan.
“I’ve seen Kobe score 200 points over a course of 4 games,” he said.
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