Kobe Bryant will be honoured in the format of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, the league announced on Thursday.
The annual All-Star Game takes place in Chicago on February 16, with the East captained by reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the West led by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
And the NBA has confirmed a number of alterations to the format of the game – one of which will honour Lakers legend Bryant who, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, died in a helicopter crash in California last week.
Each of the first three quarters will act as a minigame starting from 0-0, with the winner of each 12-minute period seeing $100,000 donated to their designated community charity in Chicago.
At the end of the third quarter, the accumulative scores will be calculated and a ‘target score’, which will be 24 points greater than the leading team’s tally, will be set for the fourth and final period.
This is a tribute to Bryant, who famously wore the 24 jersey for the Lakers, along with the number eight, during his career.
The fourth quarter has no time limit and will only end when the ‘target score’ is reached by either team, this time seeing $200,000 given to charity on behalf of the victors.
NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell said: “We spent a lot of time considering the right target number to use for the fourth quarter.
“Through the events of this week, it became clear to us that the only appropriate number for this season’s All-Star Game is 24.”