In February 2020, to commemorate the death of Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant, who arrived a month earlier, the NBA renamed the award given to the Most Valuable Player at their All-Star Game to Bryant.
Bryant was an 18-time All-Star and four-time MVP winner, tying him with former St. Louis Hawks great Bob Pettit for most times. Last year, the NBA commissioned artist Victor Solomon to redesign the trophy to better symbolize Bryant’s size.
“Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in February 2020, delivering the highest level to millions of fans around the world.”
In January, current Lakers star LeBron James set an NBA record with his 19th All-Star nomination. If James can win the game’s NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP award, he will equal Bryant and Pettit with four trophies.
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Who are some of the notable retired players who won the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award?
Los Angeles Lakers (2011, 2009, 2007, 2002)
Miami Heat (2010)
Phoenix Suns (2009), Los Angeles Lakers (2004, 2000)
Philly 76ers (2005, 2001)
Chicago Bulls (1998, 1996, 1988)
Chicago Bulls (1994)
Utah Jazz (1993, 1989)
Los Angeles Lakers (1992, 1990)
Philly 76ers (1991)
Philly 76ers (1983, 1977)
Boston Celtics (1982)
Detroit Pistons (1986, 1984)
San Antonio Spurs (1980)
Los Angeles Lakers (1972)
Cincinnati Royals (1969, 1964, 1961)
Boston Celtics (1963)
St Louis Hawks (1962, 1959, 1958, 1956)
Philadelphia Warriors (1960)
Minneapolis Lakers (1959)
Boston Celtics (1957, 1954)
Minneapolis Lakers (1953)
Which active NBA players have won the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award?
Golden State Warriors (2022)
Milwaukee Bucks (2021)
Los Angeles Clippers (2020)
Golden State Warriors (2019), Oklahoma City Thunder (2012)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2018, 2008, 2006)
New Orleans Pelicans (2017)
Oklahoma City Thunder (2016, 2015)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2014)
Los Angeles Clippers (2013)