Ben Simmons makes All-Star game

Ben Simmons makes All-Star game

It was announced that Ben Simmons was named an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve on Thursday for the second consecutive season. This is a tribute to Bryant, who famously wore the No. 24 jersey for the Lakers, along with the No. 8, during his career. Changes include charitable donations as well as an updated fourth quarter format honoring National Basketball Association legend Kobe Bryant. The two were the only players who are averaging at least 27 points a game but didn't make the All-Star team within the past three-and-a-half seasons per StatMuse's tweet. The target score will be determined by the leading team's cumulative score from the first three quarters, plus 24.

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. Set your DVR's now. Additional plans to honor Bryant during NBA All-Star 2020 in Chicago will be announced at a later date.

That means the NBA All-Star game will end in walk-off fashion. The new format draws from The Basketball Tournament, where teams play to a set target score in the fourth quarter.

The last time as many as nine players made their debuts in the All-Star Game in the same year was in 2010, when nine players also were first-time honorees, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.

The All-Star Game between Team LeBron and Team Giannis, with some drastic changes, will be February 16 in Chicago.

As part of the sweeping changes unveiled for the 16 game, each quarter will serve as a mini-game for charity and scores will be reset to start both the second and third periods.

Booker may be overlooked this season, but his numbers continue to climb and only time will tell until the league notices what they've been missing - a Phoenix Sun playing in an All-Star game for the first time since Steve Nash in 2012.

It will be Team LeBron against Team Giannis.

The game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago, airing live at 5 p.m. PT on TNT.

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