The NBA announced a new format for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game created to increase the level of competition throughout the game, make the outcome of every quarter count for charity and honor Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
The NBA said there will be multiple tributes to Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the seven other victims of Sunday's crash during what will be an extremely emotional All-Star Game.
The NBA said in a statement the changes were "designed to increase the level of competition throughout the game, provide additional excitement at the finish and make the outcome of every quarter count for charity".
Each of the first three quarters will act as a minigame starting from 0-0, with the victor of each 12-minute period earning $100,000 for their designated community charity in Chicago, the site of the February 16 All-Star Game. The winning team will be whichever reaches the "Target Score" first, which will be set by taking the leading teams' point total and adding 24 to it.
The NBA released the list of players chosen by the league's head coaches as a reserve for the game on February 16 in Chicago, including six All-Stars. Set your DVR's now.
"I can't imagine Ben Simmons [being left out of All-Star Game]". Scores will be reset to 0-0 at the end of the second and third quarters, with the winners of each of the first three quarters receiving $100,000 to donate to their charity.
After making his first All-Star appearance last season, Middleton will once again join teammate and All-Star Game captain Giannis Antetokounmpo for the second straight season as Bucks representatives at this year's All-Star Game.
In the 69 NBA All-Star Game, 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.
The target score idea has been in the works for a while as the National Basketball Association seeks ways to make the All-Star Game more competitive, but National Basketball Association president of league operations Byron Spruell said the tragic events of this week determined what the target number would be.