The 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago was among the most memorable in recent league history. Saturday night’s events were something else.
The game itself the following night did not disappoint in any way. While the early going lacked defense and intensity, the end of the game was absolutely crazy.
As the teams continued to trade shots, it became apparent that this would end up being the greatest All-Star Game in sports history. Maybe a way to pay homage to one Kobe Bryant.
Team LeBron came out on top over Team Giannis by the score of 157-155. It was something else.
Here are the biggest winners from what was a dramatic exhibition game in Chicago Sunday night.
Winner: Magic Johnson, Common and Jennifer Hudson
We knew that the pre-game festivities inside Chicago’s United Center Sunday evening were going to be Kobe-centric. The backstory to this year’s All-Star Game was the tragic passing of Kobe, his daughter and seven others three weeks ago to the day in a helicopter accident in Southern California.
Not a dry eye was left in the building after Magic Johnson paid tribute to both Kobe and former NBA Commissioner David Stern, the latter of whom he credits with helping him overcome his HIV diagnosis more than a quarter-century ago.