NBA to honour Kobe Bryant in All-Stars game.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) will honour basketball legend and icon Kobe Bryant nick named “Black Mamba” in next months all stars game in Chicago.

Bryant who played for the La Lakers his entire professional career, died Sunday January 26th 2020 along with his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas California.

The NBA made the announcement that the game will take on a new format which will increase the level of the competition, creating additional excitement, and make all quarters count for charitable purposes. A new fourth quarter format will honour the La Lakers epitome of greatness and 5 times NBA champion.

The new format

  • Both teams – captained by LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo – will play for Chicago-based community organisations.
  • They will compete to win each of the first three quarters, each of which will start at 0-0 and last 12 minutes.
  • The community organisation selected by the winner of each quarter will receive $100,000 (£76,441.50).
  • At the start of the fourth quarter, the game clock will be turned off and a Final Target Score will be set.
  • This will be determined by the leading team’s total cumulative score and adding 24 points – Kobe Bryant’s jersey number.
  • For example, if the cumulative score at the end of the third quarter is 100-95, the Final Target Score would be 124.
  • The fourth quarter will be untimed and the first team to reach the Final Target Score wins.
  • The winning team will win $200,000 (£152,849) for its chosen community organisation.

The 69th NBA All-Star Game will take place at Chicago’s United Center on Sunday February 16th 2020.

Kobe is survived by wife Vanessa and three daughters.

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️

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Photos courtesy of Black Mamba – Quote of the new format courtesy of the NBA

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