On top of being a feather in the cap, NBA All-Star weekend is always a nice break for NBA players and their families. An 82-game season is a long slog, so the chance to play around with the best of the best and make it a family affair is something players truly appreciate. This year's event in Toronto was even more special than usual, as Kobe Bryant appeared for the 18th and final time of his two-decade-long career.
Bryant is a four-time All-Star Game MVP, a league MVP, two-time finals MVP, and a five-time NBA champion. No matter how you cut it, he's one of the best basketball players of all time and a walking legend. Since he announced that he plans to retire at the end of the season, fans have shown up in droves to every Laker game, home or away, just to catch a final glimpse of him playing. The All-Star Game was no different, and Bryant was openly enjoying himself and soaking it all in.
Probably the best evidence of that came while he was playing with Chris Paul's son, Chris Jr. As Kobe was messing around, playing keep away from the 6-year-old, he didn't expect Chris Jr. to lunge at him and make a clean steal. It was a small moment, but a perfect representation of just how much the legend is enjoying his final ride. Check it out:
Cover image: 2016 NBA All-Star via Twitter