Damian Lillard Honors Kobe Bryant with 'Mamba Forever' Jacket at All-Star Event

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2020

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard pauses during a timeout in the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Denver. The Nuggets won 127-99. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Damian Lillard continued the unofficial theme of honoring Kobe Bryant during NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago.

During his performance Saturday following the Three-Point Contest, Lillard wore a jacket that read "Mamba Forever."

Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others died Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

As a way to pay tribute to Kobe and Gianna, this year's All-Star teams are wearing No. 24 and No. 2 jerseys. Commissioner Adam Silver also announced Saturday the league is adding Bryant's name to the All-Star Game MVP Award.

Bryant's 18 All-Star appearances are second-most in league history, and his four All-Star MVPs are tied with Bob Pettit for the most ever.

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