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Isaiah Thomas

Kobe's last, Toronto's 1st as NBA All-Star goes outside US

Of all the goodies Kobe Bryant collects in his farewell season, one this weekend might be particularly useful.

After all, you need a good winter coat in Canada. Though Bryant probably wouldn't be too unhappy walking away with another All-Star Game MVP trophy.

The final NBA showcase for Bryant and the first to be staged outside the U.S. is in Toronto, the city that staged the first NBA game 70 years ago and is so enthusiastic for basketball now that it could no longer be ignored no matter what the thermometer says.

"I think it's going to be bonkers," former Raptors superstar Vince Carter said.

"I think it's overdue. It's a great city. I think...