One of the biggest stops on Kobe Bryant's farewell tour is the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. Despite the bad season he's had so far (with the occasional heroics), the fans decided they wanted to see him play in the All-Star Game one more time, a notion that commissioner Adam Silver supported.
Kobe's All-Star press conference on Friday looked like mayhem -- just a sea of humanity trying to get their eyes on Black Mamba:
The media await Mamba for Kobe's final All-Star game press conference. #Nbaallstargame pic.twitter.com/YZQgbQXByq— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) February 12, 2016
At one point, someone from the Japanese press approached Kobe with a gift: a drawing showing a manga version of Kobe.
Another gift for Kobe from a "media" member: pic.twitter.com/A3R8liXiVU— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) February 12, 2016
There was a second gift from a media member -- a envelope and a red bag -- that remains a mystery since it wasn't opened during the conference:
A "media" member gave Kobe a gift: pic.twitter.com/L5DcN85KaE— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) February 12, 2016
Later on, someone holding up an image of Crying Michael Jordan on his phone asked Kobe a question:
Kobe Bryant taking questions from "Crying Jordan" -- this can't be life... pic.twitter.com/SqgUxliT2i— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 12, 2016
Hours into NBA All-Star Weekend, and it's already getting weird.
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