Kawhi Leonard thanks Kobe Bryant after winning All-Star Game MVP

Kawhi Leonard dedicated his NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award to the Los Angeles Lakers great for whom it’s named.

Leonard’s 30 points helped Team LeBron beat Team Giannis 157-155 in Chicago on Sunday night.

The award was renamed in honor of Bryant, the Lakers great who died in a helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people last month.

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Leonard thanked Bryant, telling “The NBA on TNT”: “It means a lot to me.

“Words can’t even explain, just making this the first Kobe Bryant MVP trophy. I want to thank Kobe for everything he (has) done for me, all the long talks, the workouts, thank you.

“This one is for him.”

Leonard added: “(The NBA) did a great job with the format this year. They had us come out playing hard in the fourth quarter and competing for a total points score.

“That’s pretty much how we got to competing out there.”

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