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Kobe Bryant’s mark on the best basketball in the world, such as the NBA, is indelible, so two years after his death the All Star Game features an exclusive trophy in his honor for the game’s MVP which will take place on February 20.
Kobe has been remembered in both editions of the All Star Game and this time the “Kobe Bryant Trophy” will stand out on the big night. The trophy that is awarded to the Most Valuable of the Game was redesigned with four floors in I remember all the champion rings he won in his career (adding the foundation of the trophy).
The whole trophy is symbolic of the career of “La Mamba”. At the base they placed an octagon with eight faces that alludes to the first number used by Kobe Bryant when he arrived in the NBA.
The different faces of the base are decorated with stars that add up to 18 in total, the number of times Bryant was present at the All-Star Game. The first level has 24 crystal star figures that signify the second stage of the deceased basketball player, with said number on the back.
On the second level, the number on the shirt with which Kobe won with the “Dream Team” of the United States in the 96 ‘Olympic Games is honored.
The third level has five stars, one for each Kobe championship with the Los Angeles Lakers.
And the last and fourth floors have only one star for the MVP that the ‘KB24’ achieved in the NBA in its 2007-2008 season.
But no detail was left out to honor Bryant’s career. The second tier stars are 9 inches to recall Kobe’s 2009 MVP, while the third tier are 11 inches for the 2011 All Star MVP.
Kobe Bryant’s statue
On January 26, 2022, two years after the tragic helicopter accident in which Kobe Bryant and his 9-year-old daughter Gianna and a group of friends who accompanied them lost their lives.
In the place where the aircraft crashed, specifically in the town of Calabasas, California, a 160-pound bronze statue was erected. The work of sculptor Dan Medina, Bryant is shown dressed in the uniform of the team of his life, the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he won everything he could and broke countless NBA records. Next to him is his little Gianna, also in uniform.
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