Badass: Wins 2002 NBA All-Star Game MVP
Imagine returning to your hometown only to get booed. Well, that's exactly what happened to Kobe Bean Bryant at the 2002 All-Star Game in Philadelphia. The kid who graduated from Lower Merion and had gone on to win a couple rings in L.A. was now the villain in his own city. Some of that hate was because Bryant and the Lakers had just beat Allen Iverson and the 76ers to win the 2001 NBA Finals.
Ideally A.I. would've got some revenge for Philly fans by winning the All-Star game and taking MVP honors. Hell, even if 38-year old MJ would've won MVP it would've gone over as a somewhat feel good story. The Black Mamba had different plans and dropped 31 points along with five assists, and five boards in the West's 135-120 victory over the East. He probably had this on loop in his head throughout the game.