Kobe Bryant will be honored in the format of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, the league revealed Thursday.
The NBA verified a variety of changes to the format of the game– among which will honor Lakers legend Bryant, who, with his 13- year-old child, Gianna, and 7 others, passed away in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday.
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Each of the first 3 quarters will serve as a minigame beginning with 0-0, with the winner of each 12- minute duration making $100,000 for their designated neighborhood charity in Chicago, the website of the Feb. 16 All-Star Game.
At the end of the 3rd quarter, the cumulative scores will be computed and a “target score,” which will be 24 points higher than the leading team’s tally, will be set for the 4th and final duration.
This is a homage to Bryant, who notoriously used the No. 24 jersey for the Lakers, together with the No. 8, throughout his profession.
The 4th quarter has no time at all limitation and will just end when the “target score” is reached by eitherteam The team that reaches the score first will make $200,000 for its charity.
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“We spent a lot of time considering the right target number to use for the fourth quarter,” NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell stated. “Through the events of this week, it became clear to us that the only appropriate number for this season’s All-Star Game is 24.”
LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will captain this year’s All-Star teams.