Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer
Bill Russell and Shaq
Bill Russell and Shaq
Kobe Bryant feels honored to have played so long in the NBA: "Guys that I'm playing with that are tearing the league up that were like 4 for my first All-Star Game."
Mike Greenberg believes Dwight Howard could have been an all-time great if he devoted himself to developing his offensive game.
In Toronto with ESPN Radio, Kevin Durant addressed the possibility of signing a short-term contract this summer to, in essence, delay his free agency one year and put himself on the same track with teammate Russell Westbrook. "Actually that's probably one of the first times I've heard that one, but, no , I haven't really thought about it, man. I'm just, with [coming back from] injury and just getting back to playing again, I haven't thought about contracts or free agency or none of that stuff at all. ... I really haven't thought about that one. I guess I have to."
Someone referenced Magic Johnson going one-on-one in the '92 All-Star Game. What about Kobe this year? "I think he's going to want to go one-on-one with everyone."
While Thompson admitted "73 wins doesn't mean a thing without the ring," he confirmed the team is trying for the record. Chasing the Bulls
Chris Bosh on why the 2003 draft class, of which he was a member, was special: "Having LeBron helps. Having Dwyane helps." He spoke to the continued excellence of the class by noting how they have adapted to new training and health regiments.
Lamar Odom made his first public appearance since being hospitalized in October, attending Kanye West's Yeezy runway fashion show at Madison Square Garden.
Carmelo Anthony catches up with ESPN's Chauncey Billups at Media Day.
Stephen Curry is not taking for granted the rare opportunity the Warriors have to break the Bulls' record mark of 72 wins.
The Pelicans guard underwent successful surgery on his right knee on Thursday. Recovery from the third procedure on that knee since May will sideline Evans after just 25 games played.
LeBron James on the Cavs having one All-Star: "It's unfortunate. Our guys should use it as motivation."
Kobe Bryant told John Wall after their last meeting that the Wizards PG could call him to pick his brain whenever he wants: "To hear one of the all-time greats say that it means a lot."
The reviews are starting to come in for the NBA All-Star emojis, and so far Michael Smith and Jemele Hill are not big fans.
Klay Thompson joined the media scrum to ask Draymond Green a question. Klay said he caught a forearm shiver from someone. I told him it's rough in these media streets.
LeBron James: "Obviously with Kobe's generation ... they paved the way for us."
Dwight Howard's career hasn't been the same since the big man left Orlando and Brad Daugherty can find only one common denominator to explain why that is.
If you think Air Jordans are just sneakers, you're missing the point, as the impact of Jordan Brand reaches far beyond basketball. A culture within itself
Kobe was asked about biggest challenge of final season. He referenced his body and all that it takes to get it ready every single day.
The King has arrived.
Kobe Bryant has had many great moments on the court, but the ultimate -- in Stephen Curry's mind -- is the time he scored 81 points.
Anthony Davis on what he's anticipating on Sunday for Kobe's last All-Star Game.: "It's going to be crazy. A lot of No. 24 jerseys. We'll try to get him the MVP."
Kawhi Leonard on his favorite Kobe Bryant memory: "His 81 point game and just going to school the next day and talking to everyone about it."
Anything Kobe wishes he could've done? "I wish I could've won the two that got away," he said, referencing Finals losses vs. DET & BOS.
Another gift for Kobe from a "media" member: