Jennifer Hudson to take part in All-Star tribute for Kobe Bryant

Ross Houston
February 14, 2020

Rapper The Game has debuted his new face tattoo, paying tribute to basketball player Kobe Bryant - who passed away in a helicopter crash.

On Sunday, Team Giannis and Team LeBron will compete to win each of the first three quarters, all of which will start with the score of 0-0 and will be 12 minutes long.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the clock will be turned off and a final target score will be established by taking the leading club's cumulative score through the first three quarters and adding 24 points - the number representing the jersey number worn by Bryant for the final 10 seasons of his National Basketball Association career.

The league also unveiled an All-Star lineup of performers that will join previously announced three-time GRAMMY victor and Chicago native Chance The Rapper, Golden Globe, Emmy, Oscar and three-time GRAMMY victor and Chicago native Common, and Chance's brother and fellow rap artist Taylor Bennett, throughout the weekend.

The tribute comes after the hip-hop star - who wore a Los Angeles Lakers jersey as he got the tattoo - previously shared a photo of him alongside Bryant and thanked him for "everything over the years". The teams will then play an untimed fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star Game on TNT will include a commercial-free four quarter as part of a new format aimed at honoring the late Kobe Bryant. Hudson's performance will open the night ahead of player introductions for the 69 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the United Center, airing live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

James and Antetokounmpo each chose their squads from available starters and reserves voted and selected to the All-Star contest.

The All-Star Game will be broadcasted in Canada on TSN 1/4.

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