“It means a lot to me. Words can’t even explain,” said Leonard. “I want to thank Kobe for everything he has done for me. All the long speeches and workouts, this is for him.”
Leonard was part of Team LeBron, who defeated Team Giannis 157-155 with a free throw by Anthony Davis to win. This was the first year the game was played with a target score. On Sunday, the winning team was the first to reach 157 points.
Sunday’s game also included numerous tributes to Bryant.
Rapper and producer Dr. Dre released a Bryant compilation video before the game.
Singer Jennifer Hudson, dressed in purple, sang as Kobe’s images faded in and out of the background.
The stage during the interval of Chance the Rapper turned into a basketball court with Bryant’s video clips.