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NBA Renames All-Star MVP Award After Kobe Bryant

Apr 8, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) reacts against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers 110-102. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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Kobe Bryant has been remembered forever and the league he played in has given him a memorable accolade tonight during All-Star weekend.

The NBA has renamed the trophy awarded to the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game after the late Kobe Bryant. Commissioner Adam Silver revealed the decision to rebrand the trophy as the Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP Award prior to Saturday’s skills competitions.

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Apr 8, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) reacts against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers 110-102. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The award, previously known as the Kia NBA All-Star Game MVP Award, will honor Bryant permanently. Adan Silver who is the NBA Commissioner made  the following statement:

Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game,” Adam Silver said in a statement. “He always relished the opportunity to compete with the best of the best and perform at the highest level for millions of fans around the world.

Bryant was an all-star eighteen times in his career and is considered one of the greatest players the sport has ever seen. The NBA has also elected to honor Bryant by using his jersey number, 24, as the constant that makes up the target game score in the revised All-Star Game format.

The NBA will completely alter the format of the upcoming All-Star Game, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports, resetting the game score to zero after the second and third quarters, to create the equivalent of three “mini-games”.

The winner of each mini-game will be awarded $100,000 for its preassigned Chicago area charity.