The NBA will once again honor the late and great Kobe Bryant during the All-Star Game.
Last year, the NBA All-Star Game happened just a few weeks after the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, and the whole weekend was used as a tribute to the Los Angeles Laker legend. Now, a little over a year later, the league is once again planning to honor Bryant during the All-Star Game.
The league adopted the format for the All-Star Game, and decided that the target score would be calculated by taking the amount of points the leading team had at the end of the third quarter, and adding 24 points -- in reference to Bryant's jersey number. So, for example, if the team in front had 100 points after the third quarter, they would then play to 124 points. That process will be in place for this year's game as well.
One year ago, the NBA legend, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California.
The crash and deaths of Kobe and Gianna shocked the world. Bryant was four years removed from the NBA, where he spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five titles. Those other seven passengers were John Altobelli, 56, his wife Keri Altobelli, 46, their daughter Alyssa Altobelli, 14; Christina Mauser, 38; Sarah Chester, 45, her daughter Payton Chester, 13; and pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.