NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Saturday that the league has named its All-Star Game MVP award after the late Kobe Bryant.
Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were among nine people who died in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash.
Bryant, an NBA legend, was named to 18 All-Star Games (between 1998 and 2016) and played in 15, starting all of them, during his NBA career. He won the All-Star MVP award four times (2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011). Bryant scored 290 points in All-Star Games during his career, including 37 points during his most recent MVP performance in 2011.