While the game features established superstars from Golden State, and exciting youngsters from Los Angeles, the real news is what will happen at halftime: Kobe Bryant will have his jersey retired.
Bryant, who retired at the end of the 2015-16 season, is, of course, a legend in the sport. He played 20 seasons - all with the Lakers - and won five titles, one MVP award, and made the All-Star game 18 times. He scored more than 33,500 points in his career, including 1,812 against the Dubs.
His jersey retirement is, justifiably, a pretty big deal (if you don’t believe me, try checking ticket prices!). And because of that, Warriors coach Steve Kerr wants his team to be present for it. So instead of having a typical halftime with coach talk and scheming, Golden State will stay on the court, and honor an all-time great.
Steve Kerr said he wants the players to watch Kobe's halftime ceremony when his jerseys will get retired. Kerr in all seriousness said it's more interesting than him breaking down film— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) December 16, 2017
Steve Kerr said the Warriors will be out on the court during halftime watching Kobe’s retirement ceremony, if the Lakers allow it.— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) December 16, 2017
This is a pretty cool move by Kerr, especially for players like Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and, if in attendance, Stephen Curry. Those players had so many battles with Bryant over the years, going tit for tat with the now retired superstar.
The game will be nationally televised, so make sure to tune in, as the jersey retirement will certainly be aired.