Feb 26, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT
Kobe Bryant is a rare combination of a guy who has been at an All-Star level for a long time — this was his 14th year — and a guy who is always ready to compete. Even in a meaningless exhibition he will need to show his dominance (hence the four All-Star Game MVPs).
Which explains this — with a third-quarter dunk, Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan to score the most points in NBA All-Star Game history (now at 266 and counting).
If you know Kobe, you know he savors passing Jordan in anything. By the way, Kareem Abdul-Jabar is third with 251 points in 19 All-Star Games.
Congratulations are due to Kobe. It speaks to his longevity as an elite NBA player. It speaks to his skill. It speaks to him not taking a night off and liking to put on a show.
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