Celebrate NBA All-Stars with Twitter emojis and charity voting

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Today is the start of the NBA-All Star Weekend. In celebration of the event, the NBA and Twitter revealed unique hashtag-triggered Twitter emojis for all 24 NBA All-Stars. From now until Monday, Feb. 20, users can Tweet with the NBA-specific emojis by typing in the first and last name of an athlete, such as #StephenCurry or #LebronJames. Twitter notes that Giannis Antetokounmpo is an exception, as his emoji only requires #Giannis.

The return of the Kia NBA All-Star MVP Award fan vote was also announced, which will be conducted exclusively through Twitter. At the start of the fourth quarter of Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, fans can register MVP votes during a 30-minute window by tweeting #KiaAllStarMVP and #firstnamelastname in the same tweet. Retweets are counted and fan votes will account for 25 percent of the overall vote. The All-Star who wins will receive a Kia Sorento to donate to a charity of his choice.

The NBA All-Star Game will be held on Sunday, February 19th at 8PM ET in New Orleans.

Last year’s game was held in Toronto.

A full list of All-Star Weekend programming can be found here.

In other NBA news, the organization announced a partnership on February 9th with game publisher Take-Two Interactive to launch the competitive gaming-focused NBA 2K eLeague in 2018.

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Source: Twitter