CHICAGO (AP) – The NBA has renamed its All-Star Game MVP award in honor of Kobe Bryant.
Commissioner Adam Silver announced the move on Saturday. Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine people killed when their helicopter crashed into the side of a mountain near Los Angeles on Jan. 26.
Bryant became the youngest player to ever play in an All-Star Game when he made his debut in 1998 at age 19. He made the All-Star team 18 times during his stellar career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning the MVP award a record-tying four times.
Silver says Bryant “is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game.”
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