The 2020 NBA All-Star jerseys were leaked last month, days before Los Angeles Lakers celebrity Kobe Bryant along with his daughter Gianna Bryant perished in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. The NBA has verified a significant tweak for the uniforms to honor their memory. All players will use either Bryant’s number a patch to honor all of nine lives lost in the wreck, as well as the number 2 of Gianna or 24.
JUST IN: Final design of Team LeBron & Team Giannis jerseys for @NBA All-Star Game. LeBron’s team all wearing #2 for Gianna Bryant, Giannis’ team wearing #24 for Kobe. Memorial patches for 9 who passed in helicopter crash, band in memory of former commissioner David Stern. pic.twitter.com/5TncENo5CU
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 12, 2020
The final layout for those jerseys comprises LeBron James’ team of Western Seminar stars wearing two, the amount Gianna woe in her youth basketball games. The team of Eastern Conference celebrities of Giannis Antetokounmpo will use 24, the amount Bryant wore for its 10 seasons of his NBA career.
On the very front, players will wear a black ring for nine celebrities, corresponding to each of the nine victims of the money. Besides Byant and Gianna, the victims were Sarah Chester, Kerri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, John Altobelli, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan.
Players will wear the black ring in memory of NBA Commissioner David Stern. Stern expired on Jan. 1 after suffering a brain hemorrhage in December. He was 77 years old. After his death, each team in the league began wearing black bands on their jerseys.
The official jerseys ae simila into the leaked images that surfaced on Jan. 23, three days ahead of Bryant’s death. Both the version and final version feature a variant of the NBA logo in a superstar, like the one on the Chicago flag.
On Thursday, that the NBA also announced the entire fourth quarter of the All-Star Game will air on TNT with commercials.
“Presenting the fourth quarter completely free of any commercial breaks produces a unique chance to showcase the brand new All-Star Game format, supply the very best fan experience, and align with the team’s overarching plans to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant this weekend,” Craig Barry, EVP, and Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports, stated in an announcement.
The league announced several major changes to make sure it is not just another baseball game. Each group will begin the three 12-minute quarters with a 0-0 score. Every quarter’s winner will win $100,000 for the Chicago charity of their own choice.
In the past, an un-timed quarter will have each group shooting for a”Final Target Score,” composed of the major group’s point total though three quarters, also 24 points, another nod to Bryant’s number. The first team to accomplish the score wins the game.
The for Team LeBron comprises Kawhi Leonard Anthony Davis, Luka Doncic, James Harden and James. Team Giannis’ starters are Trae Young, Pascal Siakam, Kemba Walker, Joel Embiid and Antetokounmpo.
The NBA All-Star Game tips off at 8 pm ET on TNT, live from the United Center in Chicago.