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NBA All-Star Game Uniforms 2020: Pictures and Breakdown of This Year’s Threads

This year’s NBA All-Star Game jerseys are less about the color and design and more about the numbers.

Unlike most years, the All-Star players won’t be wearing their own numbers while playing for the teams captained by LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo on Sunday in Chicago’s United Center. Instead, they’ll be using the game as an opportunity to honor NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, both of whom died in a helicopter crash Jan. 26.

Members of Team Giannis will be wearing No. 24, which was Bryant’s number in the second half of his career, while Team LeBron players will don No. 2, which was Gianna’s number on her youth team.

“It’s a big honor,” Antetokounmpo said, according to Michael C. Wright of NBA.com. “I wouldn’t want it any other way representing Kobe and Gigi in [Sunday] night’s game.”

That’s not the only way the NBA All-Star jerseys are serving as a tribute. There will also be a patch to honor all nine people who died in the helicopter crash that included the Bryants. The jerseys will also feature a black band in memory of former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died Jan. 1.

Earlier this week, Darren Rovell of the Action Network tweeted a look at this year’s All-Star jerseys:

Not only has the NBA honored Bryant as part of its format adjustments for this year’s All-Star Game, but it also made a change to the contest’s MVP award, which NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Saturday.

The award will now be known as the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award to honor the Los Angeles Lakers legend, who won the award a record-tying four times during his incredible career. The only other player to win the honor that many times is Bob Pettit.

“Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game,” Silver said in a statement, according to NBA.com. “He always relished the opportunity to compete with the best of the best and perform at the highest level for millions of fans around the world.”

It’s possible the first Kobe Bryant MVP Award will go to James, who has won the honor three times in his career and is looking to join the elite company of Bryant and Pettit.

According to ESPN’s Nick DePaula, Lakers forward Anthony Davis and numerous other players are expected to honor Bryant on the shoes they wear in this year’s All-Star Game as well. And it might not only be players who are partnered with Nike, which is the brand that has put out Bryant’s line of shoes.

Things are sure to get emotional Sunday night, with the uniforms, shoes and award name being only a few ways that Bryant will be remembered. There may be more tributes coming during the event.

Kobe, Gianna Bryant’s Jersey Numbers to Be Worn at 2020 NBA All-Star Game

The NBA will honor Kobe and Gianna Bryant at next month’s All-Star Game by having the players don their jersey numbers.

The NBA announced Friday all players on Team LeBron—captained by LeBron James—will wear Gianna’s No. 2 and all players on Team Giannis—captained by Giannis Antetokounmpo—will wear Kobe’s No. 24.

Kobe and Gianna were among nine people who died in a helicopter crash Sunday. Kobe was 41 and Gianna was 13.

Both teams will also wear patches featuring nine stars to honor the nine victims. John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan also died in the crash. Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester were Gianna’s teammates on the basketball team that Bryant coached.

The participants in the Rising Stars Game on Friday and the Skills Challenge on Saturday will also wear patches with the Nos. 2 and 24 surrounded by nine stars.

The decision to feature Kobe and Gianna’s numbers in the All-Star Game came after the NBA announced Thursday that it planned to honor them in multiple ways during All-Star weekend.

With regard to Kobe, the NBA revealed that a target score of 24 plus the leading team’s score after three quarters will be used in the fourth quarter of the All-Star Game to honor him.

That means the team leading after three quarters will win the game when it reaches 24 points in the fourth, or the team trailing after three quarters will win if it makes it to the total of the leading team plus 24 additional points.

Several NBA players have changed their jersey number from 8 or 24 since Kobe’s death out of respect for the future Hall of Famer, including Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets, Terrence Ross of the Orlando Magic, Jahlil Okafor of the New Orleans Pelicans and a few others.

The Lakers previously retired Kobe’s Nos. 8 and 24 in December 2017.

Bryant will forever be remembered as one of the NBA’s greatest players with 18 All-Star nods, five championships, two NBA Finals MVP awards and one NBA MVP award to his credit.

Under her father’s tutelage, Gianna was a budding basketball star as well and was expected to be one of the next great women’s basketball players.

The NBA All-Star Game will emanate from the United Center in Chicago on Feb. 16.