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Kawhi Leonard has named the first MVP winner Kobe Bryant at the NBA All-Star Game

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The MVP award for the NBA All-Star game was renamed Saturday in honor of the basketball legend. Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were among the nine people killed when their helicopter headed for a youth basketball game crashed on January 26th.

“It means a lot to me. Words can’t even explain,” said Leonard. “I want to thank Kobe for everything he has done for me. All the long speeches and workouts, this is for him.”

Leonard was part of Team LeBron, who defeated Team Giannis 157-155 with a free throw by Anthony Davis to win. This was the first year the game was played with a target score. On Sunday, the winning team was the first to reach 157 points.

The winning team won $ 300,000 which will be donated to the nonprofit Chicago scholars.

Sunday’s game also included numerous tributes to Bryant.

Rapper and producer Dr. Dre released a Bryant compilation video before the game.

Magic Johnson brought an 8 second silence moment to Bryant and ex NBA Commissioner David Stern, died on January 1.

Singer Jennifer Hudson, dressed in purple, sang as Kobe’s images faded in and out of the background.

The stage during the interval of Chance the Rapper turned into a basketball court with Bryant’s video clips.

Chance performed “I Was A Rock”, the same song he played with to honor Muhammad Ali during ESPY 2016, according to Billboard.

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