For the third consecutive season, the NBA will honor the late Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant in the All-Star Game. The legendary shooting guard was killed on January 26 in a fatal helicopter crash at Calabasas while traveling to a basketball game with his daughter Gianna and seven other people.
Many people asked the league to change the logo, but commissioner Adam Silver has repeatedly shut down that idea. Instead, he decided to honor Kobe by naming the All-Star Game MVP award after him. He won the coveted prize a record four times, so it made a lot of sense for the league to make this change.
The league has unveiled the new design of the trophy that will honor Kobe and his incredible career. They broke down the new design, explaining that each level of the trophy has a dual meaning regarding Kobe and his accolades.
The new Kobe Bryant Trophy awarded to the Kia NBA All-Star MVP further celebrates its namesake, with intricate details holding dual meanings, both for NBA All-Star and Bryant’s legendary career, which include the following:
Base Dimension: The eight-sided base represents the eight decades of NBA All-Star Games & is a nod to Bryant’s No. 8 jersey number. The 18 stars around the trophy represent his 18 All-Star selections. The base height of 2 inches is a nod to Bryant’s 2002 Kia NBA All-Star MVP.
Level 1: The 24 stars represent each All-Star in the game and Bryant’s No. 24 jersey number. The 7-inch height is a nod to Bryant’s 2007 Kia NBA All-Star MVP.
Level 2: The 10 stars represent the All-Star Game starters and Bryant’s USA Basketball No. 10 jersey. The 9-inch height is a nod to Bryant’s 2009 Kia NBA All-Star MVP.
Level 3: The five stars represent the unity of an NBA team and Bryant’s five NBA championships. The 11-inch height is a nod to his 2011 Kia NBA All-Star MVP.
Level 4: A single star represents the star of stars and Bryant’s Kia NBA MVP Award in the 2007-08 season. The 2-inch height of the final star represents Bryant’s two Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP awards (2009, 2010).
The NBA has made sure to celebrate Kobe ever since he left this world in 2020. Now, they are making bigger changes to pay homage to the Black Mamba, confirming that he was a great legend.
The 2022 All-Star Game will take place next Feb. 20 at Cleveland, with Team LeBron going against Team Durant for the second consecutive season.