);
NBA

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young opens game wearing Kobe Bryant's number

Trae Young wears No. 8 to start the game.
Trae Young wears No. 8 to start the game. (Getty Images)

NBA teams and players across the league honoured Kobe Bryant as games continued on as scheduled following the news of Bryant's shocking death in a helicopter crash earlier in the day.

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, who trained with Bryant prior to the start of the season, began the game against the Washington Wizards wearing Bryant's No. 8 jersey. Young normally wears No. 11.

The first two possession of the game featured an 8-second violation by the Hawks and a 24-second violation of the Wizards in honour of Bryant who wore both numbers with the Los Angeles Lakers. Young put back on his No. 11 following the second tribute.

Before the game Young shared a long embrace with his mother following pre-game warm-ups.

More from NBA.com

1995 Rockets, 1969 Celtics, and the 1999 Knicks
The unlikeliest playoff runs in NBA history
Yash Matange
michael-jordan-060520-ftr-getty.jpg
Jordan, Jordan Brand pledge $100M to social justice causes
NBA.com Staff
#Kareem
Kareem talks injustice, health inequity and more
NBA.com Staff
NBA
What you need to know about season restart
NBA.com Staff
#RJ hampton
Can RJ Hampton fulfil his potential?
Eric Fawcett
nba-051320-ftr-getty.jpg
Latest news on suspended NBA season
NBA.com Staff
More News