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NBA All-Star Game Honors Life and Legacy of Kobe Bryant

Posted On: Feb 16, 2020   |   Posted By: Time

It has become one of the NBA's most revered traditions: On the morning of the NBA All-Star Game, the league pays tribute to retired players with what is called the Legends Brunch. It brings together about 3,000 guests, and every year a recent retiree with ties to the game's host city is honored.
When the game was in Los Angeles two years ago, the NBA wanted to honor Kobe Bryant .
He declined. He couldn't attend. His reason: his daughter Gianna Bryant had a game that morning.
“That said, to us, everything about his priorities,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Sunday as he recalled that conversation with Bryant.
This All-Star weekend is in Michael Jordan's longtime home of Chicago, which will be highlighted by a game where LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will serve as captains - but it was, predictably and understandably, overshadowed by Bryant. It's been three weeks now since he, 13-year-old Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California. And the mourning...

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