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Mark Cuban: No Mavericks player will wear No. 24 again in honor of Kobe

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban meets Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) at the end of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs at the American Airlines Center, Sunday, May 8, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 122-86. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

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Kobe Bryant never suited up for the Dallas Mavericks, but his impact on the NBA and Mark Cuban is undeniable.

As a tribute to Kobe — who died in a helicopter crash Sunday along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others — the Mavericks’ owner announced that no player will wear No. 24 for the Mavericks again.

Kobe was a nemesis of the Mavericks — back in 2005 he scored 62 points on them in three quarters, outscoring the entire Mavericks’ team’s 61 points — but had earned the respect of their players. And owner. Cuban was part of a league-wide outpouring of both shock and love for Bryant upon the news of his untimely death.

Five Mavericks players have worn No. 24 before: Mark Aguirre (1982-1989), Jim Jackson (1993-1997), Hubert Davis (1998-2001), Pavel Podkolzin (2005-2006), and most recently Richard Jefferson (2015).

He will be the last.