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Sport NBA reveals plans for Kobe All-Star tribute

06:35  15 february  2020
06:35  15 february  2020 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Official site of NBA All - Star Weekend 2020 from Chicago, Illinois on Feb. 14-16, 2019, featuring news, video, event coverage, tickets, rosters and more.

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Kobe Bryant et al. posing for the camera: The NBA will honour both Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at this year's All-Star weekend© Getty The NBA will honour both Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at this year's All-Star weekend It is that time of the year again, with the NBA All-Star weekend upon us, the NBA's best players converge upon one city.

This year's event will see All-Star festivities take place in Chicago, and it's bound to be a special one.

After the tragic passing of five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, the NBA has revealed that two-time GRAMMY award winner Jennifer Hudson will perform a special tribute to the late Los Angeles Lakers legend.

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In addition to Hudson's tribute, there will be an in-game tribute to both Kobe and Gianna, with Team LeBron wearing No.2 to honour Gianna while Team Giannis will wear No.24 for Kobe.

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  Kobe Bryant talked about his daughter Gigi and his love for family in his last sit-down interview with the LA Times Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash on January 26 along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, and seven other people. On Saturday, LA Times sports columnist Arash Markazi shared a recording from the final sit-down interview he conducted with Bryant in October 2019. In the interview, Bryant talked about his desire to stay at home with his family as his kids grow up because he knows "how fast it goes." He also talked about his dedication to youth sports and his daughter, Gigi, who was a talented basketball star herself, and how he admired her curiosity. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

The NBA will pay tribute to Kobe Bryant throughout the league's All - Star weekend in Chicago. On Sunday, the league will dedicate the All - Star Game and even change some of the game's rules to honor the NBA legend who died with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash last

Kobe Bryant is honored with a video and speech from Magic Johnson before making his own speech prior to his final All - Star Game. About the NBA : The NBA is

With NBA All-Star weekend around the corner, here's everything you need to know.

When is NBA All-Star weekend held?

The 2020 NBA All-Star weekend will begin on the 15th of February AEDT with the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and conclude on the morning of the 17th of February AEDT with the 69th NBA All-Star Game.

Where will be NBA All-Star weekend take place in 2020?

This year's NBA All-Star weekend will take place in Chicago, IL in the United States.

Pictures: Tributes pour in for NBA legend Kobe Bryant

Where can you watch the NBA All-Star weekend?

Every event during the NBA All-Star weekend will be broadcast on ESPN and can also be seen on NBA League Pass.

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FULL 2020 NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Saturday, February 15 (all times are AEST)5.00am: NBA Rising Stars Practice

10.00am: Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Announcement

12.00pm: NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

2.00pm: NBA Rising Stars

Sunday, February 163.30am: NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day

1.00pm: State Farm All-Star Saturday Night

Monday, February 171.00pm: 69th NBA All-Star Game

FULL NBA RISING STARS ROSTERS

NBA Rising Stars

Team USA: Collin Sexton (Cleveland), Devonte' Graham (Charlotte), Eric Paschall (Golden State), Ja Morant (Memphis), Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis), Kendrick Nunn (Miami), Miles Bridges (Charlotte), P.J. Washington (Charlotte), Trae Young (Atlanta), Tyler Herro (Miami)*, Wendell Carter Jr. (Chicago)*, Zion Williamson (New Orleans)

Team World: Brandon Clarke (Memphis), Deandre Ayton (Phoenix)*, Josh Okogie (Minnesota), Luka Doncic (Dallas), Moritz Wagner (Washington), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans), Nicolo Melli (New Orleans), RJ Barrett (New York), Rui Hachimura (Washington), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City), Svi Mykhailiuk (Detroit)

* denotes player who will not play due to injury

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FULL NBA ALL-STAR GAME ROSTERS

Team LeBron: Anthony Davis (LA Lakers), James Harden (Houston), Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers), Luka Doncic (Dallas), (C) LeBron James (LA Lakers) | Devin Booker (Phoenix), Chris Paul (Oklahoma City), Damian Lillard (Portland)*, Nikola Jokic (Denver), Ben Simmons (Philadelphia), Domantas Sabonis (Indiana), Jayson Tatum (Boston), Russell Westbrook (Houston)

Team Giannis: (C) Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia), Pascal Siakam (Toronto), Kemba Walker (Boston), Trae Young (Atlanta) | Bam Adebayo (Miami), Brandon Ingram (New Orleans), Donovan Mitchell (Utah), Jimmy Butler (Miami), Rudy Gobert (Utah), Kyle Lowry (Toronto), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee)

* denotes player who will not play due to injury

Team LeBron will be coached by Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel, while Team Giannis will be coached by Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse.

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NBA ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT PARTICIPANTS

TACO BELL SKILLS CHALLENGEBam Adebayo (Miami), Patrick Beverley (LA Clippers), Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee), Derrick Rose (Detroit)*, Domantas Sabonis (Indiana), Pascal Siakam (Toronto), Jayson Tatum (Boston)

MTN DEW 3-POINT CONTESTDavis Bertans (Washington), Devin Booker (Phoenix), Devonte' Graham (Charlotte), Joe Harris (Brooklyn), Buddy Hield (Sacramento), Zach LaVine (Chicago), Duncan Robinson (Miami), Trae Young (Atlanta)

AT&T SLAM DUNKPat Connaughton (Milwaukee), Aaron Gordon (Orlando), Dwight Howard (LA Lakers), Derrick Jones Jr. (Miami)

* denotes player who will not play due to injury

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2020 NBA ALL-STAR GAME FORMAT

The NBA has announced a new format for this year's All-Star gram in the hopes of increasing the level of competition throughout the game.

The new format will also honour the late Kobe Bryant who won a record-tying four NBA All-Star Game MVP awards.

Team Giannis and Team LeBron will compete to win each of the first three quarters, all of which will start with the score at 0-0 and each quarter will be 12 minutes long. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the game clock will be turned off and a Final Target Score will be set.

The Final Target Score is determined by taking the leading team's total cumulative score through three quarters and adding 24 points - the 24 to represent Bryant's jersey number. The teams will then play the untimed final quarter with the first team to reach the Final Target Score winning the NBA All-Star Game.

Kobe's 'heroic' final act before fatal crash .
Kobe Bryant was helping the daughter of one of his fellow helicopter crash victims in the minutes before he died. Los Angeles Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, one of Bryant's best friends, revealed that the NBA legend was texting him during the ill-fated chopper flight last month. Shortly before Bryant (41), his daughter Gianna (13) and seven other people died, he called on Pelinka to help him with a favour. He wanted to help a young girl, the daughter of crash victim John Altobelli, secure a potentially life-changing sports internship.

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