ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 26: Trae Young # 11 of the Atlanta Hawks hugs John Collins # 20 after hitting the ball for a has held an eight-second notice violation in memory of Kobe Bryant during the game against the Washington Wizards at the State Farm Arena on January 26, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images / AFP
NBA players honored the great Kobe Bryant after his tragic death in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday.
The teams deliberately started the game in 24-second intervals and eight-second violations in homage to the former legend of the Los Angeles Lakers, who wore number 8 for the start of their NBA career before they left the season 2006/07 changed to number 24 until his retirement in 2016.
Atlanta Hawks & # 39; Trae Young, one of the league's best young talents, paid homage to his hero by wearing number 8 to start the game against the Washington Wizards before returning to his original number 11 ,
The tributes kept coming when several players in the league decided to honor Bryant with his characteristic sneakers.
PJ Tucker of Houston Rockets, who is also known as the undisputed sneaker king of the NBA, wrote "LOVE YOU KB24" on his Kobe 7.
Phoenix Sun's star Devin Booker had "Be Legendary" on his pair of Kobe 4s. These were the same words that Bryant wrote on the sneakers he gave him after playing against each other a few years ago.
San Antonio Spurs DeMar DeRozan and New Orleans Pelicans Guards Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, who also played for the Lakers, showed Bryant their respect through their shoes.
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