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NBA Continues to Honour Kobe’s Legacy Days After Tragic Passing

It is almost as if the world stopped on its axis when news of Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing broke.

Not a single person can say that they have fully recovered from the shocking events of Sunday morning when a helicopter crash ended the life of the Los Angeles Lakers’ legend, his 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven others.

Truth is, a moment so sad and unsettling may never fully set in.

To many, Bryant was an immortal figure. A superhero-like personality who everyone expected to see courtside at Laker games for decades to come. Similar to how we see the likes of Bill Russell and Oscar Robertson at games today, we all expected to see The Black Mamba grace us with his presence for the next 30-40 years. He was more than just a basketball player, he was an ambassador, a teacher, a father, and an icon.

That is why his untimely death is so confusing – we cannot wrap our heads around it.

Over the past couple of days, the world has come together to mourn Bryant’s death. The NBA has chosen to cancel the Tuesday night tilt at the Staples Center between the Lakers and Clippers, Mark Cuban announced that the Dallas Mavericks will retire Bryant’s no. 24, and a number of players have switched their jersey numbers to honour the late NBA legend.

Both Spencer Dinwiddie and Terrence Ross change their jersey numbers to honour Bryant. Meanwhile, Norman Powell, who dons the no. 24 to pay respect to Bryant said he is more than willing to change his number if the Toronto Raptors ask him to do so. Elsewhere around the NBA, Trae Young honoured his late mentor by wearing Kobe’s no. 8 for the opening possession of the Atlanta Hawks Sunday afternoon game, while the Philadelphia 76ers came out of the locker room tonight wearing no. 8 and no. 24 pullovers.

The influence that Kobe has had over the game and society as a whole has been felt by all and we can expect more and more loving tributes to continue to come in the coming days.

Below are some more tributes from former teammates, friends, and fans of Kobe Bryant.

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I’m Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!! 😢😢😢😢💔. Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛 and it’s my responsibility to put this shit on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!! #Mamba4Life❤️🙏🏾 #Gigi4Life❤️🙏🏾

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Rest easy, Kobe!

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