The NBA announced Thursday that it will honor late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant during NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago.
One might think they would likely have both teams wear his #8 and #24 jerseys, but the NBA decided to make it all confusing with what they came up with.
The NBA will be turning every quarter into a mini-game for charity before an un-timed final quarter with a target score that will decide which team wins.
Scores will be reset — back to 0-0 — at the start of the second and third quarters, then restored to begin the fourth quarter.
The NBA said there will be multiple tributes to Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the seven others who lost their lives in Sunday’s helicopter crash throughout All-Star weekend.
NBA President of League Operations Byron Spruell said: “We spent a lot of time considering the right target number to use for the fourth quarter. Through the events of this week, it became clear to us that the only appropriate number for this season’s All-Star game is 24.”
The new format is a one-year trial for the All-Star Game in hopes of making it more competitive. The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be played at the United Center in Chicago on Feb. 16.
It will be Team LeBron against Team Giannis.