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In lieu of the tragic and untimely passing of NBA player and world-famous Laker Kobe Bryant, there has been an overwhelming amount of mourning and tributes to celebrate and honor the NBA player’s life.

During All-Star week in Chicago, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced the renaming of the MVP award to ‘ The Kobe Bryant MVP Award’. The award remaining comes just a month shy of the anniversary of the death of Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the 7 other passengers aboard the helicopter crash.

Bryant is a recipient of the  NBA MVP award in 2008, an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, a 12-time member of the All-Defensive team.

Kewhi Leonard is the first recipient of the Kobe Bryant MVP Award.