LeBron James: 'You Could Definitely Feel' Kobe Bryant's Presence at 2020 NBA ASG

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2020

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is seen during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)
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The memory of Kobe Bryant was never too far from the 2020 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

James told reporters after his team beat Team Giannis 157-155 that "you could definitely feel" Bryant's presence at the United Center in Chicago:

Bryant died Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash. His daughter Gianna was among the other eight victims.

To honor Kobe and Gianna, the NBA had the respective All-Star squads wear No. 24 and No. 2. The league also renamed the All-Star Game MVP award after Bryant. Upon accepting the trophy, Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard referenced Bryant's influence:

James finished with 23 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Leonard scored a game-high 30 points.