NBA superstar Russell Westbrook won the 2016 All Star MVP for the West, won 197-173 against the East in Kobe Bryant’s final all star game. Westbrook is the 1st player in NBA history to win back-to-back All Star MVP awards.
He scored 31 points in a shootout against the East. The West took control in the second half when they launch a barrage of three point shots. The east didn’t have much three point shots other than Paul George, who scored 41 points and was one point away from tying the record for the most points in All Star history. Although it was an exhibition game showcasing the best basketball players in the world, Westbrook took it seriously. He played aggressive offensively, earning him the trophy.
“I just wanted to go out there and enjoy my time, dance a little bit, smile,” Westbrook said according to USA Today. “I know a lot of people don’t see me smile a lot during the season, so I like to smile a little bit during the All-Star Weekend and enjoy my time and have fun. I like to have fun, but at the same time I want to also be better, become a better player. Any opportunity on the basketball court, I never take it for granted.”
The spotlight was also on Bryant. The five time champion playing his final all star game played solid at 37 years old. He had brief moments going up against LeBron James and Pau Gasol on the court. The one person Bryant said, that reminds himself as a young player is Westbrook. Both of them coming in the league played mean basketball against anyone, including big guys. The league is now in Stephen Curry’s hand, but Westbrook is right behind him.