TORONTO – The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):
Kobe Bryant has gotten one impressive retirement gift from Michael Jordan.
The Jordan Brand gave Bryant a full set of the sneakers released so far in the Air Jordan line — 30 pairs in all. The gift was presented early Saturday at the Jordan Brand All-Star party, which Bryant attended.
Jordan Brand President Larry Miller says the gift was presented "to honor one of the game's great players and the legacy that he created."
Bryant is an 18-time All-Star who is retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers when this season ends. He got the Jordan set in white; the company made an alternate full black set in Bryant's size 14, and they're being auctioned off on eBay for charity. The auction starts Saturday at noon Eastern, ending Sunday at the same time.
— Tim Reynolds
A year after Stephen Curry had a record 27 points in the final round of the 3-point contest to beat Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson, the latter is coming in with confidence on All-Star Saturday.
Thompson knows how good Curry is, so he couldn't have been terribly surprised when he was told during NBA All-Star player interviews that "everyone" thinks Curry is going to win the 3-point contest Saturday night.
It's not bothering Thompson, though. He says he's happy to "play the underdog for a night."
A heavy underdog, at least according to one betting site. Curry was made a 10 to 11 favorite Friday by Bovada, meaning an $11 wager would only pay $10. Kobe Bryant also picked Curry when asked.
The 3-point contest takes place between the Skills Challenge and slam dunk contest, but it may be the main event with the Splash Brothers from the NBA champions leading the field.
— Brian Mahoney