Los Angeles Clippers Kawhi Leonard has received the first Kobe Bryant Award at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb 16. The MVP award for the NBA All-Stars was renamed to ‘The Kobe Bryant MVP Award’ honoring the late basketball legend.
Leonard celebrated his award by saying, “It means a lot to me. Words can’t even explain. I wanna thank Kobe for everything he’s done for me. All the long talks and workouts, this one is for him.”
“This one is for him.”
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 2020
Sunday’s game was filled with tributes for Kobe and his family. Rapper Dr. Dre displayed a compilation video of Bryant before the game began, while NBA legend Magic Johnson led a moment of silence to Bryant. Both Chance the Rapper and Jennifer Hudson gave performances throughout the game in remembrance.