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Sport All-Star Weekend 'tribute to' legacies of Kobe, Stern

06:45  15 february  2020
06:45  15 february  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The 2020 NBA All - Star Game this weekend will be played with heavy hearts due to the recent deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, not to mention revered former commissioner David Stern . While it was previously announced that the league would honor Kobe , Gianna and Stern

The tribute patches to Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant & Calabasas crash victims & stripe for David Stern on 2020 NBA All - Star Weekend jerseys pic.twitter.com/AqXdH2r2AP. 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.

CHICAGO — Chants of “Kobe, Kobe, Kobe, Kobe” echoed throughout the United Center crowd prior to the NBA All-Star’s Rising Stars game Friday night.

Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash Jan. 26. Bryant and late NBA commissioner David Stern, who died Jan. 1, were honored before the game by former Bryant teammate Pau Gasol and WNBA star Sue Bird. Bryant was named a Hall of Fame finalist prior to the game.

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The NBA will pay tribute to Kobe Bryant throughout the league's All - Star weekend in Chicago. Additionally, patches with stars honoring all nine victims of the helicopter crash will be stitched onto the players' jerseys throughout events for the weekend .

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

“These next few days are a tribute to their legacy,” said an emotional Gasol, who won two NBA titles alongside Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers. “I know my older brother Kobe used to say do epic things always. Let’s have an epic weekend in their honor.”

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“Let their impact on the court never be forgotten. We literally wouldn’t be standing here without David,” Bird added to the arena crowd. “His brainchild was the NBA All-Star Game.”

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In the player introductions New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson and Dallas Mavericks All-Star Luka Doncic received the loudest receptions from the crowd.

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All - Star Weekend jerseys feature tribute patches in honor of Kobe and Gianna Bryant and the other Calabasas crash victims as well as a black band for David Stern pic.twitter.com/7wK84W5Jvz. 18:12 - 13 февр.

Kobe Bryant may not be able to physically attend the 2020 NBA All - Star Game Sunday in Chicago after he, 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other The tribute patches to Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant & Calabasas crash victims & stripe for David Stern on 2020 NBA All - Star Weekend jerseys

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA All-Star Weekend 'a tribute to' legacies of Kobe Bryant and David Stern

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