Giannis Antetokounmpo named Kobe Bryant MVP for 2021 NBA All-Star Game

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Giannis Antetokounmpo named Kobe Bryant MVP for 2021 NBA All-Star Game

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo shot a perfect 16-of-16 from the field during the All-Star Game and as a result he was named the All-Star Game MVP. Antetokounmpo finished the game with 35 points, seven rebounds and three assists as Team LeBron cruised past Team Durant 170-150.

"You know, usually it is closed [on Sundays]," Antetokounmpo said with a smile, when asked about the banked-in jumpers, "but for me, it was open extended hours." Playing alongside a number of superstars made the life easier for Antetokounmpo on the court, who wasn't double-teamed as usually.

"It actually wasn't," Antetokounmpo said. "I was just trying to just play. When you're around guys like [Damian Lillard] and [Stephen Curry] and Chris Paul, it's just easy. Nobody is worrying about me.

I'm just playing one-on-one, nobody is double-teaming. If you feel good, then I feel good that it will be good. I just get up and have fun and just try to get as many shots as I can."

Antetokounmpo thrilled to win the All-Star Game MVP award

Antetokounmpo was named the Kobe Bryant MVP for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game and he was thrilled to win an honor named after the NBA legend.

"Obviously, I'm extremely happy at just having the award with the name of Kobe Bryant in my house," Antetokounmpo said. "It's a great feeling. I wanted to win the one last year really bad and I had a chance to win because I felt like I wanted to have the trophy in my house, but this year I wasn't even thinking about winning it, I was just thinking about having fun, and I had the opportunity to play well.

"My team played great, and I was able to just win it and to have the trophy with the name of Kobe Bryant, it's amazing, and I know he would be happy. Yeah, I know he'd be happy." Meanwhile, Jazz guard Mike Conley made his All-Star debut at the age of 33.

"It was great to get out there," Conley said. "I was not prepared for the tip. I was getting ready to guard someone, and they're like, 'Mike, go jump, go jump!' "I wish I'd won the tip, but other than that, I had a great time."

Conley's teammate Donovan Mitchell joked about Conley needing so much time to score his first basket in the game. "He's 65 years old," Mitchell quipped, "so it took him awhile to get going."