On the day of the one-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant's passing, Trae Young paid homage to 'the Black Mamba' by holding up '24' after he nailed a clutch dagger against the LA Clippers.
A day later, when 24 teams took the floor, Under Armour athletes - Joel Embiid and Stephen Curry honoured the Laker legend.
As the Philadelphia 76ers took on the Los Angeles Lakers, arguably the biggest game on Thursday's slate, Embiid sported a custom Under Armour Embiid One that had a picture of Kobe and Gianna along with their numbers - 8, 24, and 2.
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Joel Embiid's new shoes tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers paying tribute to the late Kobe and Gianna Bryant. Embiid fell in love with basketball watching Bryant as kid in Cameroon. pic.twitter.com/xPcYGcvVfP- Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 27, 2021
Last year, in reaction to the tragic helicopter crash that killed Bryant along with eight others, Embiid confessed that he started playing basketball after watching Kobe in the 2010 NBA Finals.
Pregame, both teams observed a moment of silence to remember the 5-time NBA Champion.
On the West Coast, former two-time league MVP Stephen Curry honoured his daughters while paying tribute to Kobe and Gianna.
💛 pic.twitter.com/fxWTFwKVo5- Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 28, 2021
In San Francisco, Curry wasn't the only one. His teammates Kent Bazemore and Damion Lee were also seen sporting the custom Curry 8.
.@StephenCurry30 @Dami0nLee and @24Bazemore each honor Kobe and Gianna Bryant tonight with their custom Curry 8 🙏 @warriors pic.twitter.com/0RO0PZerGM- B/R Kicks (@brkicks) January 28, 2021
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