The 2020 NBA All-Star Game is getting ready to tip off in Chicago. The league held an incredibly moving Kobe Bryant tribute prior to tipoff.
Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were killed along with seven others in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. The nine-person group was reportedly heading to a girls basketball game in Southern California prior to the crash.
The former Los Angeles Lakers star is one of the most-accomplished All-Star players in league history. He made the All-Star Game 18 times and won the MVP four times.
The NBA announced earlier this weekend that the All-Star Game MVP award was being renamed in honor of Kobe. The award had not been named for anyone prior to the decision to honor Kobe. It will be given out for the first time tonight.
"We were thinking about what the best way is, one of the ways to honor Kobe," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. "It happened to be that his loss came shortly before we were moving into All-Star festivities. I think one of the things that stands out with Kobe, of course in addition to his five championships, is that he has [made 18 All-Star teams] and tied for the record of four MVPs.
"To all of us, it seemed like the appropriate way to bring honor to him."
The NBA All-Star Game will be televised on TNT. Team LeBron is wearing No. 2 in honor of Gianna, while Team Giannis is wearing No. 24 for Kobe.