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New NBA All-Star Game format honors Kobe

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It's not a secret that the actual game is the least interesting part of All-Star weekend. Nobody plays defense and any resemblance of serious basketball happens in the last quarter of the game is close. Players may even have a drink or two the night before - remember Jimmy Butler a few years ago? Except when Kobe Bryant was on the court. 

The year is 2007 and the All-Star game is in Las Vegas. NBA stars partying around Vegas for two days isn't a recipe for effort and peak athleticism. So when the players stepped out on the court, there was an understanding that this was going to be an easy-going game. Kobe didn't get the memo. 

As Kobe said many times, he would go out partying with teammates and wake them up at 5 am te next morning to go work out. This weekend was the same. Kobe stepped on that court with Mamba's attitude and everyone was a bit surprised. 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists later, Kobe was the All-Star MVP. 

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The NBA's been tinkering with a new All-Star format. We will again have LeBron and Giannis as team captains drafting their teams from the players in the game. There is also a new wrinkle. Team Giannis and Team LeBron will compete to win each of the first three quarters, all of which will start with a score of 0-0 and will be 12 minutes long. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the game clock will be turned off and a Final Target Score will be set.

The Final Target Score will be determined by taking the leading team’s total cumulative score through three quarters and adding 24 points – the 24 representing Kobe's jersey number. The teams will then play an untimed fourth quarter and the first team to reach the Final Target Score will win the NBA All-Star Game. Here's an explanation from NBA.com

“For instance, if the cumulative score of the first three quarters is 100-95, the Final Target Score would be set at 124 points. To win the NBA All-Star Game, the team with 100 points would need to score 24 points in the fourth quarter before the team with 95 points scores 29 points and vice versa.”

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Another incentive for players to play hard is the charity element of the game. Giannis and LeBron will select Chicago-based charities. The community organization selected by the winner of each of the first three quarters will receive $100,000 – a total of $300,000 donated to charity for those three quarters. The winning team in the NBA All-Star Game (i.e., the team that reaches the Final Target Score first) will earn $200,000 for its community organization. 

The best way both teams can honor Kobe is to channel the 2007 All-Star MVP, get out there and play Mamba mentality basketball. 

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