Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal seemed to get along on the way to sharing All-Star game MVP honors, though O'Neal professed more affection for Bryant than vice versa.
"We had a great time," Bryant said Monday, without much emotion. "I think people probably made a little bit more of it than we did. But we had fun."
Bryant also explained why he let O'Neal, 36, take the MVP trophy.
"You don't know how many years he's going to be playing," he said. "I've still got another six, seven, eight years to go. I felt it was the right thing to do."
Not everybody was enamored of the weekend.
"They go out and play that game and have a good time about it," said Jackson, who coached the West. "But we're there kind of like puppets."
I certainly [expletive]ing hope so, and hopefully all of them with the Lakers!