After news broke of Kobe Bryant's passing in a helicopter crash early on Sunday, the NBA community was in mourning.
For a majority of the players on current rosters, he was an idol, an inspiration, and a role model. For the rest of the community - the coaching staffs, managements, and former players, he had earned their love and respect for his super-competitive drive and will to win.
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Amid the grief, the eight games scheduled rolled on and through basketball, the NBA community came together to pay tribute to the Laker legend that is Bryant.
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In the early game at Denver, not long after the news broke, both teams held a moment of silence before tipping-off the game.
The Rockets & Nuggets hold a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/5LV9ddyi42- NBA TV (@NBATV) January 26, 2020
In the forthcoming games, each team committed a 24-second shot clock violation or 8-second (halfcourt) violations in his memory. Bryant wore the number #8 for the first nine years of his career before changing to #24 for the remaining seasons of his career.
In the Raptors-Spurs contest in San Antonio, both teams committed shot clock violations to begin the game.
Pausing to remember a great one, gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/YOAIkldiX4- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 26, 2020
In Atlanta, after holding a moment of silence before the game, the Hawks and Wizards committed eight and 24 second violations respectively.
The Hawks and @washwizards took 8 second and 24 second violations to honor Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/ty7rZgyjFn- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 26, 2020
Hawks point guard Trae Young, paying tribute to Bryant, began the game with No. 8 jersey:
No. 8 pic.twitter.com/i7YyFdCydA- Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) January 27, 2020
Young was one of Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna's favourite players. She had been to three NBA games this season and two included Young.
Gianna was also on board the helicopter, along with seven other passengers who died in the crash.
In New York, for the Knicks-Nets contest, the Madison Square Garden, considered the "Mecca of Basketball", was illuminated in the colours purple and gold.
After a moment of silence pre-game, both teams committed 24-second violations to begin the game to honour Bryant's memory.
Later on, during the fourth quarter, 'Kobe Bryant chants broke out at the Garden:
In Orlando, the Clippers wrapped up their Grammy road trip with a heavy heart. Similar to Wizards-Hawks, both teams began with 24 and eight-second violation to begin the game:
24 and 8 for No. 24 and No. 8 pic.twitter.com/dUzZ1mX3RE- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 26, 2020
Both teams honored Kobe Bryant by taking a 24-second shot clock violation to start today's game pic.twitter.com/YYrV3GDRFz- New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) January 26, 2020
For #8 pic.twitter.com/yHSTcKkZqr- Phoenix Suns (@Suns) January 27, 2020
𝟐𝟒 𝐟𝐨𝐫 #𝟐𝟒- Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) January 27, 2020
𝟖 𝐟𝐨𝐫 #𝟖#RIPMamba pic.twitter.com/29qPpWMsY6
Montrezl Harrell was one of MANY players including Devin Booker, Isaiah Thomas, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart on the day that paid tribute and showed love for Bryant and his daughter Gianna through their sneakers:
.@MONSTATREZZ pays tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant. pic.twitter.com/SNVAUyKDfy- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 26, 2020
IT paying his respects 🙏 #BlackMamba | @isaiahthomas pic.twitter.com/T6L1z7DEbl- Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 26, 2020
#BeLegendary pic.twitter.com/yuMc21b3IQ- Phoenix Suns (@Suns) January 27, 2020
It wasn't just Ball and Hart. In fact, all of the Pelicans players took the court for the nationial anthem in Kobe's Nike sneakers:
Pelicans players will be wearing Kobe Bryant sneakers during the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/5cNjqv0PFr- NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 26, 2020
Teams were committing 24 second violations to begin the game in the G-League as well:
The Wisconsin Herd and @StocktonKings each honored Kobe Bryant by taking a 24-second shot clock violation to begin today's game. #RIPMamba pic.twitter.com/7y6CXTyZBZ- Wisconsin Herd (@WisconsinHerd) January 26, 2020
The Santa Cruz Warriors and the @SouthBayLakers both honored Kobe Bryant with a 24-second shot clock violation to begin tonight's game. #RIPMamba pic.twitter.com/tpiuF8ATsz- Santa Cruz Warriors (@GLeagueWarriors) January 27, 2020