NBA: All-Stars uniforms to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna

Published February 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Agence France-Presse

Team uniforms at this year’s NBA All-Star Game will pay tribute to the late Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others who died in a helicopter crash last Sunday.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: The Los Angeles Lakers honor Kobe and Gianna Bryant before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 31, 2020 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP
The Los Angeles Lakers honor Kobe and Gianna Bryant before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 31, 2020 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE via Getty Images / AFP)

The NBA, its players union and Nike announced Friday that Team LeBron James players will wear jerseys while carrying the number 2 and Team Giannis Antetokounmpo players will wear number 24 in the February 16 contest at Chicago.

Bryant wore jerseys with the numbers eight and 24 during his 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers while his daughter wore the number two in her youth games.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: The LA Clippers honor Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant prior to a game between the Sacramento Kings and the LA Clippers on January 30, 2020 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP
The LA Clippers honor Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant prior to a game between the Sacramento Kings and the LA Clippers on January 30, 2020 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE via Getty Images / AFP)

Each jersey will carry patches with nine stars, one  for each person who died in the helicopter crash in hills in suburban Los Angeles: John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli; Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan as well as Bryant and his daughter.

Jersey patches with the numbers 2 and 24 surrounded by nine stars will be worn by participants in the NBA Rising Stars Game on February 14 as well as by competitors in Saturday night skills events, including the Slam Dunk and 3-Point Contest.

Team LeBron and Team Giannis rosters for the 69th NBA All-Star Game will be revealed Thursday.

 
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