Moving forward, the NBA All-Star Game MVP will be awarded a new trophy.
The NBA presented «The Kobe Bryant Trophy» on Thursday, which will be given to the NBA All-Star Game MVP. «Intricate intricacies having multiple meanings, both for NBA All-Star and Bryant’s illustrious career,» according to the trophy.
An eight-sided base representing the eight decades of All-Star Games and Bryant’s No. 8 jersey, 24 stars on the first level representing each All-Star in the game and Bryant’s No. 24 jersey, and 10 stars on the second level representing the ten All-Star starters and Bryant’s USA Basketball No. 10 jersey is among them.
«The occasion also gave us the privilege and responsibility to create an entirely new silhouette worthy of being named ‘The Kobe Bryant Trophy’ for the Kia NBA All-Star MVP for which, in the spirit of its namesake, we threw out all conventions and challenged ourselves to reorient how we thought about ‘the game,'» said artist Victor Solomon, who assisted in the trophy design.
All of the details may be found here.
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: pic.twitter.com/kOXXywo8yX
— NBA (@NBA) February 3, 2022
Bryant died in a catastrophic helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated in 2020 that the All-Star Game MVP award would be named after him permanently.
«It means a lot to me,» said Kawhi Leonard of the Clippers, who was chosen All-Star MVP in 2020. «Making this the first Kobe Bryant MVP trophy is beyond words. I’d like to express my gratitude to Kobe for everything he’s done for me, including all the long chats and exercises. This one is for him, thank you.»
Bryant was named one of the 75 greatest players in NBA history, earning 18 All-Star selections and four All-Star Game MVP trophies, tying him for the most all-time with NBA veteran Bob Pettit.
In honor of the NBA’s 75th anniversary season, the league announced a lineup of newly designed All-Star trophies in addition to The Kobe Bryant Trophy.
On February 20, 2022, the NBA All-Star Game will be held in Cleveland. The starting lineup has already been confirmed, and the reserves will be unveiled on Thursday, February 3.