The 2020 NBA All-Star jerseys were leaked last month, days ahead of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant died in a helicopter accident on Jan. 26. The NBA has verified a tweak to honor their memory. All players will use Bryant’s number a patch to honor all of nine lives, in addition to the number two of Gianna or 24.
The layout for those jerseys comprises LeBron James’ group of Seminar stars wearing the amount Gianna woe in her childhood basketball matches, two. 24 will be worn by the group of Eastern Conference celebrities of Giannis Antetokounmpo, the amount Bryant wore for its 10 seasons of the NBA career.
To each of nine victims of their money, players will put on a ring corresponding, for nine celebrities on the very front. Besides Byant and Gianna, the victims were Kerri Altobelli, John Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan.
Players may wear the 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. Following his passing, each team in the league started wearing black rings for the remainder of the season on their jerseys.
The official jerseys are much like the leaked pictures that surfaced on Jan. 23, three days ahead of Bryant’s passing. Both versions and the version include a variant of the NBA emblem such as the one to the Chicago flag, in a superstar.
On Thursday, the NBA announced this Game’s whole quarter will air with advertisements on TNT.
“Presenting the fourth quarter entirely free of any business breaks produces a exceptional 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, said in a statement.
The team announced several changes to make sure it’s not just another baseball game. Each group will begin the three quarters using 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 every group shooting for a”Closing Goal Score,” composed of the major group’s point total although three quarters, and 24 points, yet another nod to Bryant’s number. The match is won by the first team.
The for Team LeBron comprises Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, 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.