The 28-year-old, LA Clippers guard, Kawhi Leonard win the first Kobe Bryant MVP award to lead Team LeBron to a 157-155 victory over Team Giannis.
Leonard scored 30 points and hit eight 3-pointers helped Team LeBron to victory during the NBA All-Star Game.
There were all sorts of tributes to Bryant, his daughter and late NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern. But once the game started, it didn’t take long for Leonard to make his presence felt.
LA Clippers guard was presented the MVP trophy though the league was renamed after Bryant on Saturday, three weeks after the NBA legend and his daughter Gianna were among the nine people killed when their helicopter crashed near Los Angeles California.
According to Leonard,’Like I said, I had a relationship with him. Words can’t explain how happy I am for it. Able to put that trophy in my room, in my trophy room, and just be able to see Kobe’s name on there, it just means a lot to me. He’s a big inspiration in my life. He did a lot for me.’