“Kobe Bryant stands for NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game,” said Silver. “He always appreciated the opportunity to compete with the best of the best and perform at the highest level for millions of fans around the world.”
Bryant has been an 18-year All-Star that has won four record-breaking MVP All-Star Game awards, the NBA said. He was named an All-Star Game MVP in 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011.
He was the youngest player I ever played in an All-Star game at 19 in 1998.
The Kobe Bryant MVP prize will be awarded on Sunday in late 2020 All-Star Game in Chicago.
Sunday before the player introductions, Jennifer Hudson will perform a special tribute to Bryant and the other casualties of the accident.
The teams will be led by LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Team Giannis will wear the n. 24 and the LeBron Team will wear the n. 2, the respective shirt numbers worn by Bryant and Gianna.