NBA Pays Homage To Kobe Bryant After His Sudden Passing
Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine on their way to a youth basketball game on Sunday morning when the helicopter transporting them crashed into the hills of Calabasas, Calif.
There were no survivors.
LeBron James Surpasses Kobe In NBA All-Time Scoring List
Bryant’s tragic passing came the day after the 41-year-old was passed by fellow Laker LeBron James for third place on the NBA‘s all-time scoring list. Bryant’s last Twitter offering congratulated James for the milestone:
“Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother #33644”
During the game, James inscribed his sneakers with “Mamba 4 Life” and “8/24 KB” in a showing of respect for Bryant.
Now, the NBA mourns the passing of one of the sport’s greatest players.
NBA Teams Honor Bryant
While the team Kobe Bryant played 20 years for will celebrate his life and career on Tuesday when they play the Clippers in Los Angeles, players and teams across the NBA have already begun to pay homage to the future Hall of Famer.
After learning of Bryant’s passing, nearly every team playing on the NBA’s eight-game schedule took part in planned violations to show respect for the man nicknamed “The Black Mamba.”
To honor Bryant, who wore No. 24 and No. 8 during his NBA career, teams took turns holding the ball to earn a 24-second shot-clock violation and an eight-second backcourt violation to start their contests.
In Atlanta, Hawks guard Trae Young donned a No. 8 jersey to begin the game. After Atlanta won the tip, Young held the ball until play was stopped before switching back into his No. 11 jersey.
Chants of “Kobe! Kobe!” rang out from a standing crowd at the start of the Pelicans-Celtics game in New Orleans.
Mavericks To Retire No. 24
In Dallas, owner Mark Cuban and the Mavericks will be retiring Bryant’s No. 24.
“Kobe’s legacy transcends basketball, and our organization has decided that the number 24 will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick,” Cuban said.
The basketball world now continues to pay homage to Bryant and his lasting legacy.
Bryant’s Legendary Career
For a particular generation of NBA fans, no player can ever measure up to Kobe Bryant. His stature as one of the game’s greats extended into everyday life, marked by the shouts of “Kobe!” when throwing an object towards a trash bin.
On the court, Bryant racked up a number of trophies and accolades throughout his 20-year career as a Los Angeles Laker and member of Team USA.
In addition to his two Olympic gold medals, Bryant was a five-time NBA champion. He was also named NBA Finals MVP for his efforts in the 2009 and 2010 championship series.
Bryant was named league MVP in the 2007-08 season, but that individual accomplishment may be overshadowed by his 81-point performance against Toronto. That achievement continues to be the second-most points ever scored in an NBA game.
Bryant was an 18-time All-Star and 12-time All-Defensive Team selection. He was also named to the All-NBA First Team 11 times throughout his illustrious career.
In the world of basketball, Bryant will be remembered for his relentless competitiveness and will to win. His legendary work ethic carried him to 33,643 points, which is now fourth on the NBA all-time scoring list.