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Kobe Bryant gets two blocks on LeBron James late in 2013 NBA All-Star game (VIDEO)

Feb 18, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT

HOUSTON — The All-Star game was a competitive one down the stretch, and not surprisingly, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were the ones competing hardest, and doing so against one another with the contest hanging in the balance.

Bryant got the best of James on two possessions, twice blocking the shot of the reigning league MVP in the game’s final three minutes.

The first one was the most impressive. James seemed to think that Bryant got caught on the screen from Chris Bosh, and pulled up for a 20-foot jump shot once he dribbled past him.

But Bryant came from the side and was able to cleanly block James as he went up, and Kevin Durant picked up the pieces and turned them into an uncontested dunk that put the West up 10 with two and a half minutes to play in the game.

Durant was sincerely impressed.

“I don’t know,” Durant said, when asked when was the last time he saw James get one of his jump shots blocked. “It was a great block. I haven’t really seen any MVP get a jumper blocked like that. It was a really great play. Kobe is a great player.”

Bryant was asked about his competitive nature in locking up LeBron late, but anyone who’s paid any attention to how Kobe operates should already know the answer.

“Well, I mean, just taking the challenge and defending a little bit,” he said. “[The game] gets close, it’s just … It’s fun. I enjoy it.”

It appeared that some friendly words were exchanged between Bryant and James, but Kobe refused to classify it as trash talk.

“Me? Trash talk? Never,” Bryant said with a huge smile. “Never. I don’t do that. I’m a nice guy.”

Alright, then what exactly was LeBron’s reaction to those two plays?

“He didn’t really say much,” Bryant said. “He said I fouled him, and then I said well yeah, I pretty much foul every play. I’m an 80s baby, you know what I mean? That’s what we do.”

James didn’t seem to have any ill will about the way things went down afterward. But at the same time, he wasn’t at all surprised by Bryant’s motivation to give everything he had defensively to try to help his team win, while personally taking on the responsibility of stopping the game’s best player in the process.

“I am absolutely not surprised,” James said. “It was all in good spirit. It was just two guys who love to compete, love to go at it. It was a lot of fun.”

  1. yousuxxors - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    thats kobes chip this year

    • WatchThis - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:30 AM

      The way those guys were playing out there in this meaningful game, I’m surprised too that anyone tried making a serious attempt at D. No wonder Lebron was surprised too and got taken off-guard.

    • ss3walkman - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      I’m not a big fan of either. I look at it like this, the entire last week the world has been talking the Michael Jordan comment. He said Bron was the most dominant now but said he would take Kobe cause he has 5 compared to Bron’s one. The media only focused on the picking Kobe part, not acknowledging Jordan saying Bron was the most dominant. Either way, with the whole media building this thing up, when it came down to it, we seen what we seen. It will go down as it looked, that Bron couldn’t handle Kobe in the spotlight of the world. Regardless of anyone’s thoughts, that’s what it looked like and the media is going to milk this thing dry.

      But in fairness, if it were reversed the excuse would be Kobe is older and towards the end of his career while Bron is in his prime. Sucks for Bron that its like that.

  2. savvybynature - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Lebron said that was a foul? Looked like a very clean block to me.

    And that second block went off Lebron, so possession should have gone to the West. It’s a glorified exhibition game, but nice to see the defensive effort from Kobe.

    • kiingmilli - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:53 AM

      The first block was clean and he didn’t say it was a foul, The second block went off Kobe it was clear view. You just want Kobe to have five minutes of fam, congrats for sucking Kobe off. Get off that man balls. Jerk

      • davidly - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:01 AM

        Anybody ever tell you you’re cute when you’re surly?

      • rkb555 - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        Whether a block is clean or not, pride always gets in the way so the best way to defuse a good play is to downplay it. Just about any player would say they were fouled even it they weren’t.

  3. dirtyjerseysports - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Funny what happens when there are no refs to bail LeHoe out.

    • kiingmilli - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:49 AM

      Really that’s what you said, this is allstar game not a real match up

  4. asublimeday - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Good, good.

  5. 91devinhester23 - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    this, the through the legs embarassment of bosh, and noah trying hilariously harder than everyone else made me one happy bulls fan tonight

  6. progress2011 - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Typical PONK move !!!

    In EVERY Sport (baseball, football and the NBA) All Star games are essentially players attempting to :

    1. Avoid Injury
    2. Put on a show for the fans
    3. Have fun for a day – no pressure

    Fake MJ/ Harlem globetrotter took an exhibition game as an opportunity to attempt to make a statement.

    After jacking up several bricks, he realized the only way to get in the headlines was to play ALL-OUT against the soon to be 4 Time MVP.

    Oh well, I guess since the Fakers won’t make the playoffs, this was his last opportunity to play against LBJ.

    Weasel Lookin LOSER !!!

    • WatchThis - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Exactly. No one in that game expected anyone to seriously try and block any shot. So, for Kobe to come from behind, eh…do that in a real game is all I have to say. If this happened to Lebron when it matter during games, we’d see more highlights of Lebron getting blocked. We don’t.

      • teehov843 - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        LOL!! Yall some fools! So, i guess D-Wade wasn’t playing hard when he broke Kobe nose last year in the All-Star game! C’mon Son!

    • progress2011 - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      teehov…

      I know you didn’t actually watch the game you are referring to, when Wade Broke Fake MJ’s nose.

      He wasn’t really playing hard defense. He was casually trying to put his arms around kobe, to slow the game down by committing a foul.

      He wasn’t playing hard defense….Like Weasel dude was.

      Since you are the typical lazy blogger, I helped you out by posting the video…….NEXT Excuse !!!

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      “Weasel Lookin LOSER !!!”

      Self portrait.

  7. michaeljordanseviltwin - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    I’ve been watching Kobe his whole professional career and I had no idea he could play defense like that. Hey Killer, take that enthusiasm to Staples Center.

  8. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Sh** im about to start a movement. The “Mens rights to watch sports related news movement”

    I dont care what Russel Westbrook’s latest outfit is….oddly sometimes i feel i stand alone

  9. musician0785 - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    ppl REALLY dont like kobe huh? so much so that they spend their Sunday nights typing essays about the ills of playing exciting defensive basketball in an all star game lmao……it was a good play by Kobe…..progress go GET A LIFE

    • teehov843 - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Amen! Please stop the LBJ d!ck riding!

  10. musician0785 - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    and once again calling the lakers the fakers does make u a wordsmith….its not clever….its actually the complete opposite of clever

    • lameasish - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      So all the Lebron haters that call him Lechoke are superior wordsmiths? Take your own advice and get yourself a life…by the way buddy…”get a life” isn’t clever either.

  11. coryfor3 - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Sometimes when Kobe is trying to be clever or coy or funny or whatever I have no idea what he is talking about. 80’s babies foul a lot? Huh? Because if the foul a lot Knicks and pistons as he was growing up? Because he’s old? Uh.. Not getting the humor Kobe.

  12. BigBeachBall - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Its soooo… Pretty.

  13. jjones314 - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Whoopty do, he blocked his shot…The All Star game is over. Back to reality. Will The Lakers make the playoffs? Can they win enough games to get in as an 8th seed and lose to OKC in the 1st round? Just sayin’

  14. timcast12 - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    I’m guessing a few people hate kobe? So cute

  15. imthedudedude - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Oh no way, two blocks?! Well that settles it. Kobe better than Lebron.

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      Not only two blocks, two blocks in a completely meaningless game! That Kobe is a beast!! Remind me, what happened when these two teams actually played? Ohh yeah the Lakers got owned.

      • money2long - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        the Lakers were in turmoil. kobe’s all star team is really good. level playing field when playing lebron’s really good all star team. kobe got the best of lebron yesterday.

  16. cantonbound13 - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    Another clutch performance by “The King”. That’s why Jordan chose Kobe over LeBron.

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      clearly

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      MJ also chose Kwame Brown over Tyson Chandler and Pau Gasol.
      Adam Morrison over Branoon Roy and Rudy Gay.
      DJ Augustin over Brook Lopez
      Traded a #1 pick for Alexis Ajinca over Ryan Anderson, Courtney Lee, Serge Ibaka, Nicolas Batum, & George Hill

      Savvy.

      His best executive move was probably when he came out of retirement to play for the Wiz. Might want to think about doing that again for Charlotte.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:52 AM

        Sean May

      • rmfields - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Rashad McCants

  17. cranespy - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    Kobe comes closest to MJ for that reason alone……his assassin mentality. While Lebron has the physical tools he does not have that pathological killer instinct. Sure, he can put on a show but has anyone ever lauded him for tearing an opponents heart out……..Kobe #2, Lebron #3……MJ #1!

  18. biminijoe - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    In a game that doesn’t matter Kobe decides to play defense….. big deal. Maybe he should have played like that in the two games they played against the Heat. Instead Lebron and the Heat gave them a beat down. No wonder Jordan picks Kobe … Kobe is just as much as a D!@#head as Jordan is.

  19. metalhead65 - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    so lebron gets abused and here come the it’s only a exhibition and does not mean anything excuses for his play. if it does not mean anything then why was out there trying to get a shot off to help his team win? if it did not mean anything then why did Kobe bother to block his shot twice? now had he made those those shots and the east had won because of them you would be saying he was the mvp and it proved he was the best next to MJ. just another example of him coming up short on the big stage. Paul George played better than him today and the east may have won if he had been on the court more than heat were. bron bron and his minions can cry all they want he got schooled deal with it.

    • cantonbound13 - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:51 AM

      I’m still shocked he tried to take the last shots & didn’t pass.

    • miamatt - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      “just another example of him coming up short on the big stage.”

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      You are some kind of comedy genius, I have to hand it to you.

      • cantonbound13 - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        LeBron just continues to provide the material. I can’t take all the credit, he makes my job easy!

  20. southbeachtalent - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    So how many games are the lakers out of the play-offs now? Ohhh that’s right those blocks don’t even really count.

    Big Stage?? All Star game??? wow, well I guess it’s something the haters can grasp on too. As usual, pathetic..

  21. dls612 - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Call me when he block LeBron shot at the rim! From the side or from the back not impressed!

    • dls612 - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:42 AM

      damn he did get it at the rim!

  22. jjones314 - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Exhibition game over. Now, will the Lakers make the playoffs?

  23. aldavis4president - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Lechoke would yell foul in an all-star game hahahahaha!!! What a joke he is…its a man’s sport,your going to get touched…

  24. omniusprime - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Kobe Bryant will always be a better player than Queen James. Even though Kobe is shorter than LeBoring he still has some hops and he can play defense. It’s no wonder Queen James decided to stay in the Eastern Creampuff Conference, he knew he wasn’t good enough to compete with Kobe in the Best Western Conference.

    Go Kobe!!! Go Lakers!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!!

  25. sdemp - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    5 championships > 1 championship any way you look at it.

    Let’s not forget Kobe is at the tail end of his career and not it his twenties anymore, I would hope LBJ would be better, but he’ll never be better.

    • progress2011 - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      sdump…

      11 >6 ….so Russel is the GOAT of all times ….as in FOREVER !

      So, based on that logic, why do people keep bringing up that SCRUB Michael Jordan….he only got 6.

      He’s 5 chips short, so I don’t even know why he feels his comments are relevant, when evaluating kobe vs LBJ.

      Based on Jordan’s (and your) logic, MJ should shut his mouth unless he can produce 5 more chips !

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