The sporting world is still coming to grips with the shocking and tragic death of Kobe Bryant yesterday in Los Angeles. Bryant, his daughter Gianna and 8 others died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in LA.
How does sport go on in these situations? Bryant had only been retired for four seasons and was still very much a part of NBA culture. There was a full slate of NBA games last night and players settled on a tribute at the start of games last night: both teams took a 24 second shot clock violation to start the game. Bryant wore the jersey number 24 and fans used the opportunity to chant his name.
One of the most powerful tributes came in San Antonio as the Spurs played the Toronto Raptors.
Raptors and Spurs dribble out the 24. pic.twitter.com/Qaz4Q7ux33
— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) January 26, 2020
ESPN compiled all of the Kobe tributes from around the NBA last night.
There were also tributes to Kobe at the Grammy awards, which were held at the Stapled Center, where the Lakers play.
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) January 27, 2020