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NBA names All-Star MVP award after Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver unveils the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award during a news conference Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)


CHICAGO – All-Star Weekend is the perfect time to honor Kobe Bryant.

Annually named an All-Star, he thrived on that stage. Nobody has surpassed his four All-Star MVPs. (Bob Pettit also won four.) Other stars especially revere Bryant. And, sadly, the proximity of All-Star to his death – a unique tragedy – only adds to the connection.

All-Star MVP will now be called the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award.

The 2020 All-Star game will feature several other Bryant tributes, most involving Bryant’s No. 24. The game will end when a team scores 24 more points than the leader entering the fourth quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s team will all wear No. 24, and LeBron James’ team will all wear No. 2 (for Gianna). Jennifer Hudson will perform a tribute.

For a lasting way to honor Bryant’s legacy, the NBA hit the exact right note with All-Star MVP.