The 40-year-old rapper is sporting new ink to remember the late basketball legend - who tragically died last month in a helicopter crash which also claimed the lives of his daughter Gianna and seven others - and revealed the emotional gesture on social media.
Bryant passed the love for the game to Gianna, who aspired to one day play basketball for the University of CT.
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"There is no # 24 without # 2".
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The All-star Game, held on Sunday, is the main event of the weekend. The league previously announced one team would wear No. 2, which was the number Gianna wore playing on a youth team, and one team would wear No. 24, the number Bryant wore during the last half of his career.
TNT will honor the late Bryant throughout NBA All-Star 2020 with a variety of production elements, features and tributes. The teams will then play an untimed fourth quarter. Hudson's performance will open the night ahead of player introductions for the 69 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the United Center, airing live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.
Team LeBron starters will include James, his Lakers teammate Anthony Davis, NBA scoring leader James Harden of Houston, Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers and Slovenian guard Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks.
A record eight All-Star Game players from outside the United States also include Frenchman Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz on Team Giannis and Team LeBron reserves Ben Simmons of Australia and the Philadelphia 76ers, Lithuanian Domantas Sabonis of IN and Serbian Nikola Jokic of Denver.