Kobe passes torch to league’s reigning MVP Curry by signing his jersey

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (shakes hands with Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant after a game at Oracle Arena.
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Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is the league’s reigning MVP on the league’s defending champion. He is beloved by millions and doing things we’ve never seen before. Still, the man can be in awe.

That’s the legacy of Kobe Bryant. The retiring superstar played in his final All-Star Game at 37, and as he said to the crowd prior to the game, many of the players he is playing with and against were the ages of his kids when he entered the league in 1996.

Curry was 8 years old when Bryant first put on a Lakers jersey and 10 when Bryant went head-to-head with Michael Jordan in the 1998 All-Star Game.

So after Bryant’s 18th and final All-Star selection, Curry did what any sane man his age would: He asked Kobe to sign his jersey.

The admiration goes both ways, apparently especially with Kobe’s kids, who wanted to get a photo with Curry before Sunday’s All-Star Game.

Curry, 27, is in the prime of his career. He’s the hands-down frontrunner to claim a second consecutive MVP award, and the Warriors are the favorite to win a second consecutive title. What Curry got from Kobe last night is more than a signed jersey, but a reminder to savor every bit of the sweetness.

Time flies and it’ll all be over before you know it. Think about it, LeBron James is already 31. Dwyane Wade is 34. Tim Duncan will turn 40 in the first round of he playoffs. Heck, Michael Jordan turns 53 in two days.

Hopefully Curry has 10 more golden years in him. It won’t be long before he’s signing his jersey for the next great NBA star.