Adam Silver just announced the All-Star MVP award will now be named after Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant won the NBA All-Star MVP award a total of four times in his career. Bryant made a total of 18 All-Star game appearances throughout his 20-year career. Bryant along with Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett was just announced as Hall of Fame finalists. Sunday will be the first time the award will be given out in Kobe Bryant’s honor. As we all know, Kobe was killed in a plane crash along with his daughter, Gigi and seven others on January 26th. The 2020 NBA All-Star game takes place in Chicago on Sunday February 16th.
11-time All-NBA First Team selection (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006-13). As an All-Star, he earned the Game’s MVP trophy four times (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011). He was also a five-time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010), the 2008 NBA MVP and Finals MVP twice (2009, 2010). He famously scored the second-most points in a single game in NBA history (81), led the NBA in total points for four seasons (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008) and ranks fourth on the NBA’s career points list (33,643). Often celebrated for his offensive prowess, Bryant was also a nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006-11). With USA Basketball, Bryant earned an Olympic gold medal in 2008 and 2012.