Transcript for Tributes planned for Kobe Bryant as NBA’s best meet up the All-Star Game
The NBA's all-star weekend kicked off overnight with a number of events focused on giving back to the community. ABC's Zachary kiesch joins us with more on that. Zachary, good morning. Reporter: Whit, good morning to you as well. It's traditionally been a midseason celebration showcasing the league's best athletes and this year's event in Chicago is no different. The games brought popularity and celebrity appeal and made it a place where sports and entertainment collide. NBA all-star weekend in the windy city is the place to be. In the presence of kobe Bryant, an 18-time all-star, and what he meant to the game is everywhere. Common took home the win and MVP award in the close celebrity game that featured other celebrities like bad bunny. In the rising star showcase, the next generation delivered. Zion Williamson and ja Morant gave fans what they wanted with plays like this. Off the court, the league is invested in the community. Players packed schoolbags and are hosting coaching camps for the kids. Some bring the kids out of everyone. Former president Barack Obama was there to lend a hand. I was shocked. That's president Obama. A great guy. I have the utmost respect for him. So to be at the same table with him is an honor. Reporter: Chance the rapper and social works teamed up with agent rich Paul who represents Lebron James to launch clutch conversations. A speaking series focusing on art, education and civic engagement for Chicago youth. I know all y'all are going to be successful but you can't necessarily get there if you don't have an infrastructure. If you are mind is there, you can grow because mentally you can't put yourself in position the make it. The night recognized kobe Bryant and the many contributions he made to the game. Kobe, Tim Duncan headlined the hall of fame 2020 class. That community of Los Angeles too still going through so much as well. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett for the basketball hall of fame. Still so surreal on so many levels but it's nice to see fans and players honoring him in this way. Definitely, giving back to the community as well.
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