The NBA has renamed its All-Star Game MVP award in honour of Kobe Bryant. NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that the All-Star MVP Award would be renamed to honour the late Kobe Bryant. Renamed to the Kobe “Bryant MVP Award,” Silver went on to list some of Bryant’s feats in the history of the All-Star celebration — taking home 4 MVP awards, a Slam Dunk Award, to making 18 consecutive All-Star appearances. He also holds the title for youngest (19 years old) All-Star.
Silver says Bryant “is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game.”
The first Kobe Bryant MVP trophy will be awarded at the end of the NBA All-Star game Sunday night in Chicago.
“I know it will be especially meaningful to that player that wins the first Kobe Bryant MVP,” Silver said. “So I’m sure there will be other honors as well, and as I mentioned, there are other things that we will be discussing with our board, the NBA board when they meet in April to honour David [Stern]. But this one seems so appropriate here at All-Star because nobody embodied All-Star more than Kobe Bryant.”
The All-Star game will take place three weeks after Bryant died in a helicopter crash with eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. The 2020 NBA All-Star teams, led by LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, will also pay tribute to Bryant and Gianna during Sunday’s game. Team Giannis will don Bryant’s No. 24, while Team LeBron will wear the No. 2, in honour of Gianna’s youth basketball jersey number.