Jennifer Huson Tapped For A Kobe Bryant Tribute At NBA All-Star Game

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Magic Johnson had the players from both teams stand together and hold hands before asking the sold-out crowd at the United Center for an 8-second moment of silence.

Chicago's own Common will perform during the player introductions at the NBA All-Star Game, while the great Chaka Khan will sing the USA national anthem.

Kobe and Gianna Bryant were among nine people killed when their helicopter, headed to a youth basketball game, crashed on a foggy morning January 26.

Prior to his first All-Star game appearance, Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin booker sported a Kobe Bryant-inspired warmup jacket.

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The award will now be known as Kia NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award.

This included a look back at the legacy of Michael Jordan and the last time the All Star game was in Chicago, when Jordan jumped from the free throw line during the slam dunk contest and created an iconic image in the process. Each of the first three quarters will be separate twelve-minute games with a victor determined for each with the winning team's charity of choice receiving a donation. Fans will mainly notice the changes in the fourth quarter which will now be untimed. He reminded everyone of the time that Bryant put up 81 points in one game, as well as the 61 points he scored in his final game.

At halftime, Chicago native Chance the Rapper also showed videos of Bryant from his 1996 National Basketball Association draft to him celebrating his Championship wins. The "Target Score" will not be known until the first three quarters have been completed.

As the pregame festivities turned toward the All-Star game, Chicago rapper Common, honored legends from the city of Chicago before launching into a verse about Bryant. Team Giannis and Team LeBron will compete to win each of the first three quarters (with each quarter starting at 0-0).



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