The NBA, NBPA and Nike announced that the 2020 NBA All-Star uniforms will pay tribute to the late Bryant, his daughter Gianna and their seven friends and teammates who tragically passed away in last Sunday's helicopter accident. Additional details weren't made available, and the nature of Hudson's tribute is seemingly being kept under wraps.
Among the record eight global NBA All-Stars, a record four worldwide players were voted NBA All-Star Game starters (https://on.nba.com/31Q2uGT): Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece), Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks; Slovenia), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011) and Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012).
Before the game, Chaka Khan (who recently appeared on The Masked Singer) will offer a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner", and Tenille Arts will sing the Canadian national anthem. Additional Chicago natives Common and Chance's brother and rapper Taylor Bennett will also appear over the weekend. On All-Star Saturday Night, Queen Latifah will team with Chicago youth for a performance of Stevie Wonder's "Love's in Need of Love Today". The same patch will be worn by the All-Star Saturday Night participants competing in the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest and Slam Dunk on Saturday.
Tributes to the National Basketball Association legend, Kobe Bryant, continue to arrive two weeks after his tragic death in a helicopter accident, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.