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Jennifer Hudson to honor Kobe Bryant with All-Star Game performance

Jennifer Hudson to honor Kobe Bryant with All-Star Game performance”

The National Basketball Association (NBA) (https://www.NBA.com/) announced today that GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist and Academy Award-winning actress and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson will perform a special tribute to the late Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and their seven friends that tragically passed away on January 26.

Besides the mentioned tributes, the Los Angeles Lakers veteran (along with his daughter Gianna, who also perished in the crash) will be honored when the All-Star Game participants wear custom-made jerseys and memorial patches.

For the fourth quarter, the game clock will be turned off and a "final target score" will be set, taking the leading team's total cumulative score through the three quarters and adding 24 points, in honor of Bryant's jersey number for his final 10 National Basketball Association seasons. The league previously announced one team would wear No. 2, which was the number Gianna wore playing on a youth team, and one team would wear No. 24, the number Bryant wore during the last half of his career.

Hudson isn't the only high-profile artist who'll be performing at the All-Star Game.

The fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star game on Sunday in Chicago will be commercial-free to honor Bryant as well.

James and Antetokounmpo each chose their squads from available starters and reserves voted and selected to the All-Star contest.

The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player will be joined by Dallas point guard Luka Doncic (Slovenia), Philadelphia centre Joel Embiid (Cameroon) and Toronto power forward Pascal Siakam (Cameroon) as the record four global players who were voted to start the game.

Included in the 19 global athletes is four All-Stars who have been selected to start the game, with 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) set to be on the floor when the ball is tipped.

A record eight All-Star Game players from outside the United States also include Frenchman Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz on Team Giannis and Team LeBron reserves Ben Simmons of Australia and the Philadelphia 76ers, Lithuanian Domantas Sabonis of IN and Serbian Nikola Jokic of Denver.



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