The NBA is still in the process of responding and paying tribute to Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the seven others who died Sunday in a tragic helicopter crash. With the All-Star Game just two weeks away, the NBA has found a beautiful way to honor both Bryants and everyone who was lost.
The NBA announced on Friday that the All-Star uniforms will directly pay tribute to the tragedy. LeBron James’ All-Star team will all wear Gianna’s No. 2, and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s team will wear Kobe’s No. 24.
Every All-Star Game jersey will also have a patch with nine stars to honor all nine people who died in the crash. The jerseys for the skills challenge, the 3-point challenge, and the dunk challenge will also have a patch, but it will be slightly different. That patch will have the Nos. 2 and 24 in the center surrounded by nine stars.
The NBA announced several changes to the All-Star Game format on Thursday, which included a nod to Bryant. Each of the first three quarters will feature a mini-game, with the score reset to 0-0 at the start of the second and third quarters. The mini-game scores are then combined for each team in the fourth quarter, and they’ll play to a target score. That target? The highest team’s score plus 24 — Kobe’s number.
Adding a Kobe tribute to the actual All-Star Game format is lovely, and including the jersey numbers and patches is a touching gesture to make sure everyone involved in Sunday’s crash is remembered.
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