ESPN bosses have confirmed the show will include "a love letter to Kobe Bryant from the people of Los Angeles," revealing it will feature the rapper, who was among the former Los Angeles Lakers star's biggest celebrity fans.
Bryant attended the 2019 ESPY awards, where he presented the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage to Bill Russell, the first black coach in NBA history.
The Lakers legend and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among the nine people killed in a helicopter crash in California on January 26.
This year's ESPYS will be held virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The show will be hosted by Russell Wilson, Megan Rapinoe, and Sue Bird and will feature guest appearances by Matthew McConaughey, Halle Berry, Sterling K. Brown, and Lindsey Vonn.