TNT's Craig Sager talked with Kobe during the All-Star Game. Here's the dish:
Sager: We reported earlier tonight that it appears the Jason Kidd trade will go through, he'll go back to Dallas. What are your thoughts on the West and how everyone is trying to keep up maybe with the Pau Gasol and the Shaq trade and everything that's going on.
Kobe: I think it makes the game more interesting. The Western Conference is tough to begin with, and you're talking about two teams who, you know, Phoenix won 60 games, Dallas won 67 game and they're doing nothing but getting better. It makes the West extremely competitive.