The NBA All-Star Game MVP will receive a new trophy moving forward.
On Thursday, the NBA unveiled “The Kobe Bryant Trophy,” which will be awarded to the NBA All-Star Game MVP. The trophy has “intricate details holding dual meanings, both for NBA All-Star and Bryant’s legendary career.”
Among them: An eight-sided base that represents the eight decades of All-Star Games and Bryant’s No. 8 jersey, 24 stars on the first level that represents each All-Star in the game and Bryant’s No. 24 jersey, and 10 stars on the second level to represent the 10 All-Star starters and Bryant’s USA Basketball No. 10 jersey.
“The occasion also gave us the privilege and responsibility to develop an entirely new silhouette worthy of being named ‘The Kobe Bryant Trophy’ for the Kia NBA All-Star MVP for which, in the spirit of its namesake, we threw out all conventions and challenged ourselves to reorient how we thought about ‘the game,’” said artist Victor Solomon, who helped design the trophy.
The new Kobe Bryant Trophy awarded to the Kia NBA All-Star MVP further celebrates its namesake, with intricate details holding dual meanings, both for NBA All-Star and Bryant’s legendary career, which include the following: pic.twitter.com/kOXXywo8yX
“It means a lot to me,” Clippers star Kawhi Leonard, who was named All-Star MVP in 2020, said. “Words can’t even explain making this the first Kobe Bryant MVP trophy. I want to thank Kobe for everything he’s done for me, all the long talks and the workouts. Thank you, this one is for him.”