Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton named 2020 NBA All-Star

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young drives past Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons during first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday Jan. 30 2020 in Atlanta. (AP

NBA’s Radical New All-Star Game Format Includes Kobe Bryant Tribute

In addition to the three starters named to their first team last week - Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Pascal Siakam - six others were named Thursday night as reserves for the February 16 game: Utah Jazz teammates Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert; New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram; Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo; Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis; and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. The first three quarters of the game will be structured as seperate mini-games played for charity, with the score resetting at the start of each quarter.

"For instance, if the cumulative score of the first three quarters is 100-95, the Final Target Score would be set at 124 points", the league said in a statement. National Basketball Association players have been finding ways to honor Bryant and his family over the past week, and the league will continue with that through the All-Star Game and beyond. 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. The trailing side must score 24 plus its deficit.

The NBA says, ultimately, $1 million will be donated to Chicago-based charities.

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

If the first or second quarter ends in a tie, the $100,000 charity award for that quarter will be added to the next quarter's award. The winning team will earn an extra $200,000 for its community organization.

The West's starters are LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic and James Harden.

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Bryant was named an All-Star 18 times in his 20-year career with the Lakers, being named MVP of the game four times.

Simmons will join Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kris Middleton, Kyle Lowry, Jayson Tatum and Domantas Sabonis as reserves for Team Giannis (Eastern Conference).

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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Westbrook's first eight selections came for the Thunder, but the organization shipped him to the Rockets for Paul and a slew of draft picks as part of its rebuilding plan after dealing forward Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers.

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