Kobe Bryant


Trying to come up with the 14 players to fill the All-Star rosters in each conference is always a tough challenge, especially when the fan balloting results in some “life-time achievement” award c


Thursday’s Bulls-Lakers meeting, a 113-93 rout controlled almost exclusively by Chicago, served as an unintended validation for Pau Gasol’s grueling decision this past summer.


The Bulls took Thursday’s Kobe Bryant-less Christmas affair not because the Lakers were without their star, but because Chicago has stabilized its roster with several of their own.


It was less than two weeks ago that Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan for third-place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with a free throw, and prior to Thursday night’s Lakers-Bulls Christmas mat