NBA unveils reimagined Kobe Bryant trophy for Kia All-Star Game MVP


NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA) today unveiled its line of newly designed NBA All-Star trophies to celebrate 75 years of the league.and Anniversary season. Designed in partnership with artist Victor Solomon, the trophies will be presented for the first time at the 2022 NBA All-Star in Cleveland. The hardware lineup is headlined by the Kobe Bryant Trophy, which will be awarded to the Kia NBA All-Star Game MVP on Sunday, February 20 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

“As the NBA turns 75and Anniversary Season, this collection of All-Star trophies represents the continued growth and evolution of our game,” said Christopher Arena, NBA Head of On-Court Partnerships and Brand. “Through our collaboration with Victor Solomon, these trophies incorporate deep storytelling, reimagining our previous All-Star trophies in a modern aesthetic, and now serve new standards of excellence that future generations of All-Stars will strive to achieve. reach every year.”

Solomon’s work in this space includes his “Literally Balling” project, where he explores basketball icons and symbols as a platform for conceptual storytelling. His art has detailed the high process techniques involved in the creation and design of stained glass basketball backboards, crystal basketballs, and cast ceramic basketballs reconstructed with a Kintsugi process, and has been exhibited at New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Shanghai.

“Over the past few years, the NBA and I have worked proudly and tirelessly to reconsider what a trophy is, was, and could be,” said Victor Solomon. “The All-Star Trophies redesign gave us a special opportunity to create event awards worthy of the energy and excitement the moment creates, while introducing the visual and aesthetic language of the full collection. The occasion also gave us the privilege and responsibility to develop an all-new silhouette worthy of being named “The Kobe Bryant Trophy” for the Kia NBA All-Star MVP for which, in the spirit of its namesake, we have rejected all convention and challenged ourselves to redirect the way we think about “game”.

The Kobe Bryant Trophy

Kobe Bryant Trophy

AT&T Slam Dunk Champion

MTN DEW® 3 Point Contest Champion

Taco Bell Skills Challenge Champion

Clorox Rising Stars MVP

Clorox Clutch Challenge Champion

NBA All-Star Celebrity Game MVP Ruffles

TNT will reveal the All-Star Game reserves (seven players from each conference), selected by NBA head coaches, and present the new NBA All-Star trophies tonight at 7 p.m. ET on TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax.

Commemorating the league’s most notable achievements at the NBA All-Star, each trophy features a raised design, complete with intricate elements symbolizing the milestone each award represents. NBA All-Star trophies include:

Kobe Bryant Trophy – Awarded to the Kia NBA All-Star MVP:

As previously announced by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in 2020, the NBA All-Star Game MVP Trophy has been named permanently for the late Kobe Bryant, an 18-time All-Star who won a record four Kia All-Star awards. Star Game MVP. . The new Kobe Bryant trophy further celebrates its namesake, with intricate details that have dual meanings to both NBA All-Star and Bryant’s storied career, which include the following:

Basic sizes: The eight-sided base represents all eight decades of NBA All-Star Games and is a nod to Bryant’s No. 8 jersey number. The 18 stars around the trophy represent his 18 All-Star selections. The 2-inch base height is a nod to Bryant’s 2002 Kia NBA All-Star MVP.

Level 1: The 24 stars represent every All-Star in the game and Bryant’s jersey number No. 24. The 7-inch height is a nod to Bryant’s 2007 Kia NBA All-Star MVP.

Level 2: The 10 stars represent the All-Star Game starters and Bryant’s USA Basketball No. 10 jersey. The 9-inch height is a nod to Bryant’s 2009 Kia NBA All-Star MVP.

Level 3: The five stars represent the unity of an NBA team and Bryant’s five NBA championships. The 11-inch height is a nod to his 2011 Kia NBA All-Star MVP.

Level 4: A single star represents the All-Star and Bryant winning the Maurice Podoloff Trophy for the 2007-08 Kia NBA MVP. The final star’s 2-inch height represents Bryant’s two Bill Russell trophies as NBA Finals MVP (2009-2010).

NBA All-Star Events:

In addition to the Kobe Bryant Trophy, the following NBA All-Star events will crown their respective champion or MVP with a newly designed trophy:

AT&T Slam Dunk Champion

MTN DEW® 3 Point Contest Champion

3 point competition

Taco Bell Skills Challenge Champion

Clorox Rising Stars MVP

These trophies take inspiration from the gold basketball All-Star trophies that were previously awarded to champions of the event, instilling nostalgia for past trophies and moving them forward with an innovative new approach.

Each trophy consists of the following elements:

A 14 inch crystal star shaped column.
• A 24k gold basketball embedded in the spine, which is surrounded by orbiting text of the respective event and honor.

NBA All-Star Game Rings:

As has been the custom since 1983, NBA All-Star rings are awarded to players in recognition of their selection for the game. Design details of the latest rings include:

• Ring frame resembles a basketball seam.
• Host city and NBA All-Star year are engraved on the side of the band.
• A crystal ball is embedded in the seam of the ring, with the All-Stars host city and year magnified below.
• The crystal ball is surrounded by 22 stars and 22 diamonds, in reference to the current All-Star year.

Clorox Rising Star Champions:

The winning Clorox Rising Stars team will receive medals raised by basketball stitching, with “Champions” and stars engraved in the center. Additionally, two players from each Rising Stars team will compete in the Clorox Clutch Challenge, with the winning team expected to receive a 10-inch crystal disc.

NBA All-Star Celebrity Game MVP Ruffles:

The Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will award a game-worthy MVP trophy that will feature stars from film, TV, music, sports and more. The trophy will consist of the following:

• A 250 millimeter faceted crystal ball.
• “MVP” is 3D laser engraved and suspended in the center of the ball.


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