The Warriors had just left the Bay Area for a five-city East Coast road trip when Kobe Bryant tragically died in a helicopter accident Jan. 26.
So, before their first home game in two weeks, the Warriors honored Bryant's legacy with a tribute video at Chase Center.
Tonight we honor Kobe Bryant pic.twitter.com/CUltuUz4Vx— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 9, 2020
Saturday's festivities before the game against the Lakers were all about Kobe, who died along with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in the hills of Southern California.
Warriors star Steph Curry, who is recovering from a broken left hand, wore Kobe's No. 24 jersey under his sports coat.
Steph repping a Kobe jersey 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/gnBn0LhCrX— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 9, 2020
The Warriors also had images of Kobe on the video board outside Chase Center, and all fans in attendance received shirts that honored the Lakers icon, his daughter and those lost in the crash.
On the big board outside Chase Center . . . pic.twitter.com/SNx6kLb4RP— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) February 9, 2020
Fan shirts tonight honoring the passing of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. pic.twitter.com/f5645eJwCr— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) February 8, 2020
There also were 24 seconds of silence before the game.
Tonight’s game starts with a 24-second moment of silence and nine beams of light on the court to honor Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Altobelli, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan. pic.twitter.com/hSQx92r4ti— Chase Center (@ChaseCenter) February 9, 2020
It was a fitting tribute for someone who had such a huge impact on the NBA and the game of basketball.