This year's NBA All-Star Game will mark a changing of the guard of sorts, as - for the first time in a decade - there will be nine players making their first appearance in the league's annual midseason showcase.
For example, if the total score heading into the fourth quarter is 100-95, then the "target score" would be 124. The trailing side must score 24 plus its deficit.
On Thursday, the National Basketball Association announced that the All-Star game format would be changed in order to honor Kobe Bryant.
As part of NBA All-Star 2020, more than $1 million will be contributed to Chicago community non-profit organizations through NBA Cares outreach efforts.
TNT will broadcast the All-Star Draft on Feb 6, when captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will draft their teams from the starter and reserve pools Chicago will host the 2020 All-Star Game on February 16. Just like in the first quarter, whichever team "wins" the second quarter will win $100,00 for charity. Should any of the first three quarters end in a tie, the reward will be added to the next. If one team sweeps all four quarters, the opponents will still receive a minimum of $100,000.
BREAKING: NBA Announces Kobe Bryant Tributes As Part of 2020 All-Star Game Format Changes
The Australian was not chosen as a starter in a vote by fans, current National Basketball Association players and media members, but National Basketball Association coaches ensured Simmons would play in the February 16 All-Star game in Chicago.
Each team will also be playing for charity, and the winners of each of the first three quarters will win donations to a charity of their choosing.
Simmons will join Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kris Middleton, Kyle Lowry, Jayson Tatum and Domantas Sabonis as reserves for Team Giannis (Eastern Conference).
The NBA said there will be multiple tributes to Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the seven others who lost their lives in Sunday's helicopter crash throughout All-Star weekend. With so numerous league's top players having close relationships with Bryant, it should be an emotional weekend. Additional plans to honor Bryant during NBA All-Star 2020 in Chicago will be announced at a later date.