Kobe Bryant's last shirt number will be of great importance to the NBA All-Stars this year.
The NBA announced major changes to the All-Star format on Thursday, turning it into a charity mini-game every quarter before the final quarter ends with no time limit with a target score that decides which team wins. Results are reset to 0-0 at the beginning of the second and third quarters, and then restored to begin in the fourth quarter.
This is where the tribute to Bryant and the # 24 shirt he wore in the last decade of his NBA career come into play. The team that wins the All-Star game will be the first to achieve a goal score based on the total score the team scored in the first three quarters – plus 24, the obvious allusion to Bryant.
The NBA announced that Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the seven others who lost their lives on Sunday in the helicopter crash throughout the All-Star weekend, including the showcase game on February 16, have received multiple awards just one of them.
"We spent a lot of time trying to figure out the right fourth quarter target," said Byron Spruell, president of the NBA for operations on the league. "This week's events made it clear that the only suitable number for this season's all-star game is 24."
The goal score is the final addition to the NBA's effort to make the game more competitive, which players have wanted for some time.
This is the third year that the NBA has a format in which the captains – LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee Bucks in these roles – can line up their teams, just like last year. something that will take place next week.
"We have been very focused on making it more competitive, exciting and fun," said Spruell. "And we had a great collaboration with the union. For this year’s game, we really focused on what new things we can do to make it a really competitive game, in which case every quarter matters. "
It's important for charities in the Chicago area who will benefit from how many quarters Team LeBron and Team Giannis win that evening.
The team that has the most points after the first quarter wins $ 100,000 for charity. The same applies to the second and third quarters. The scores are added for the fourth time to determine the target score. For example, if the score at this point is 100 to 95, the team that wins the all-star game will reach 124 first.
The goal score concept is something that the NBA thought about when the president of the National Basketball Players Association, Chris Paul – a big fan of the basketball tournament, a $ 2 million winner-take-all event , which is composed mainly of college alumni teams – last summer managed to say the league should explore the concept. The basketball tournament uses the so-called Elam end. The music box is turned off at the first break at 4:00 a.m. or less in the fourth quarter, and the target score there is eight points higher than the leading score at that time.
"It almost takes us back when we were playing on the playground," said Spruell. "We'd go up to 15 or 21 or what do you have? This time it's 24 when someone hits."
The game alone is at least $ 500,000 in charity at stake. Each of the first three quarters is worth $ 100,000 – if there is a tie, the money will be carried over to the next quarter – and the bottom line is worth another $ 200,000. If one team sweeps every four quarters, the other team will receive $ 100,000 for charity.
For the moment, this is a change for a year, though the NBA is confident that the charity quarter score and end of goal mark will become part of the all-star game in the long run.
"If successful, I would imagine we keep it moving," said Spruell.