The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be held in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET. Like the last three seasons, it will consist of two teams captained by the two highest vote-getters, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.
It will also offer a new game format, possibly to increase competitive play given that past All-Star Games seemed to be played about as laissez-faire as can be on the defensive end.
Each of the four quarters of the game will be 12-minute games dedicated to charity. The winner of each quarter will win $100,000 which is donated to a Chicago charity.
The fourth quarter will be untimed, but 24 points will be added to the cumulative score of the team that has more total points after three quarters to create a target score. So if Team LeBron is beating Team Giannis, 125-115, the target score will be 149 which means Team LeBron has 24 points left to victory while Team Giannis has 34 more. The first team to hit 149 points will win the game.
The number 24 is in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. which included his daughter Gianna and seven others. They were going to a girls basketball game which Kobe was coaching and Gianna, or “Gigi” was playing in. Some of the deceased included Gianna’s teammates.
We shall see later this evening if Bradley Beal can get a nod to the All-Star Game later tonight.