NBA All-Star Game 2020: Every Kobe Bryant Tribute Planned for the Weekend

The NBA is planning a number of tributes to honor Kobe Bryant during the All-Star Weekend in Chicago, Illinois.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend was among nine people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, killed when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed in Calabasas, California, northwest of Los Angeles, on January 26.

During a stellar 20-year career, Bryant was selected for the All-Star Game in 18 seasons and was named All-Star MVP four times.

On Thursday, the NBA announced Grammy winner and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson will perform a tribute to Bryant and the other eight victims of the crash prior to the player introductions on Sunday.

Chicago native Chance the Rapper will perform during the halftime show alongside Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled and Quavo.

In a promotional video for TNT released last week, Chance promised Chicago will deliver "the ultimate celebration" to honor Bryant's memory.

"NBA All-Star. It happens every year. But this year is different," he said. "The game will have more meaning than it's ever had before.

"The league, the fans, the players will all pay tribute to the legendary Kobe Bryant. For an entire generation he defined the title 'NBA All-Star.' Chicago will glow with a warmth and a brilliance that it's never had before. It's the ultimate celebration."

Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the other seven casualties will also be remembered by both team captains, with LeBron James wearing the No. 2 on the back of his jerseys, while Giannis Antetokounmpo will wear the No. 24 instead.

The choice of numbers isn't casual, as Gianna wore the No. 2, while Bryant wore the No. 24 in the second of his two decades in the NBA.

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In addition, both teams will wear jersey patches displaying nine stars, representing those who lost their lives in the crash—the Bryants; John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli; Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan.

On Friday, players in the NBA Rising Stars game—which pits together the league's best rookies and sophomores—will wear jersey patches featuring the numbers 2 and 24 in the center surrounded by nine stars.

The same patches will also be worn by players competing in the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night.

The tribute patches to Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant & Calabasas crash victims & stripe for David Stern on 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend jerseys

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To remember Bryant, the NBA has altered the format of the All-Star Game, which will feature a brand new system in the fourth quarter. On Sunday, the two teams will compete to win each of the first three quarters, which will all start with a 0-0 scoreline and be 12 minutes long as usual.

At the beginning of the final period, however, the game clock will be switched off and a final score target will be set. The score will be determined by adding 24 points—which is again a nod to the number Bryant wore in the second half of his career—to the leading team's combined score through three quarters.

The first team to reach the target will be declared the winner. In other words, should Team LeBron be up 120-110 after three quarters, the winning target will be 144.

In that scenario, Team LeBron would have to score 24 points in the fourth quarter before Team Giannis scores the required 34 points.

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on March 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Bryant died on last month along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash just outside Los Angeles. Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty