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Sport NBA All-Star Game opens with emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant

04:05  17 february  2020
04:05  17 february  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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NBA All - Star Game opens with emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant . Mark Medina. CHICAGO — Even as he stood before 24 of the NBA ’s best players, Magic Johnson made a declaration about Kobe Bryant that made him unique even among those All - Stars .

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CHICAGO — Even as he stood before  24 of the NBA’s best players, Magic Johnson made a declaration about Kobe Bryant that made him unique even among those All-Stars.

Jennifer Hudson sings a tribute to former NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna who were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020, before the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)© ASSOCIATED PRESS Jennifer Hudson sings a tribute to former NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna who were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020, before the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

"We'll never see another basketball player quite like Kobe," Johnson told the sold-out crowd at the United Center before Sunday’s NBA All-Star game. Moments later, those fans chanted "KO-BE, KO-BE," which had become the soundtrack at Los Angeles Lakers home games and when legions of fans around the world have mourned his recent death.

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" Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All - Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game ," Silver said. "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 NBA to honour basketball great in All - Star Game .

The NBA continued offering tributes to Bryant, who died along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash three weeks ago. After mourning the recent passings of Bryant and former NBA Commissioner David Stern, Johnson held a moment of silence for the amount of seconds that matched Bryant’s first jersey number (eight). Then, fans belted out more "KO-BE" chants.

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"How ironic is it that Kobe has worked out with a lot of these guys or given them great advice," Johnson said as he stared at the NBA’s 24 All-Stars. "He was always there for all of us in one way or another."

After Johnson spoke, Jennifer Hudson then sang "For All We Know," which was first performed by Nat King Cole.

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" Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All - Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game ," Silver said. "He always relished the opportunity to compete with the best of the best Two-time Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will perform a special Bryant tribute to open the game .

Adam Silver made an emotional announcement Saturday in honor of an NBA legend.

Follow Mark Medina on Twitter @MarkG_Medina.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA All-Star Game opens with emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant

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© Sipa Kobe Bryant and Gianna were buried in Los Angeles According to information from the Los Angeles Times, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were buried in Los Angeles at the end of last week, in the strictest family intimacy. Kobe Bryant and Gianna lost their lives in a tragic helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26, the causes of which are as yet unknown. Heartbreaking news for Vanessa Laine Bryant , wife of the basketball player and teenage mom.

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