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Kobe still is the basketball king of L.A., but his likely heir works just down the hallway at Staples Center _ and Clippers forward Blake Griffin will be all over the building at All-Star weekend.

Griffin is the first rookie All-Star in eight years, yet the high-energy forward still agreed to participate in Friday night’s rookie-sophomore All-Star game and Saturday’s dunk contest.

“You know, why not?” asked Griffin, who remembers the empty feeling of watching the All-Star game from his couch in Oklahoma City last season while nursing his broken kneecap. “You don’t know how often you’re going to get this opportunity, so I think I should make the most of it.”