The Most Valuable Player award for the NBA All-Star Game has been completely named for Kobe Bryant, the basketball legend who died last month in a helicopter crash, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced on Saturday.
“Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our sport,” Silver stated. “He at all times relished the opportunity to compete with the best of the best and carry out on the easiest stage for tens of millions of lovers all over the world.”
The Kobe Bryant MVP Award will be introduced on Sunday at the conclusion of the 2020 All-Star Game, which is being held in Chicago. The recipient of the award can be chosen by NBA lovers, who account for 25% of the vote, and a media panel, which accounts for 75% of the vote.
Bryant, his younger daughter Gianna and 7 people died when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed in hilly terrain close to Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26. They are going to be venerated at the All-Megastar Recreation this weekend, the NBA stated.
Bryant, who played his entire 20-season NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, used to be an 18-time NBA All-Star.
He clinched a record-tying 4 All-Star Game MVP awards, the NBA stated.