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Kobe Bryant tributes appear all across the globe from France to the Philippines to the Grammy Awards

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Kobe Bryant tributes appear all across the globe from France to the Philippines to the Grammy Awards

The tragic news of the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others was felt all across the world on Sunday.

From where Bryant played high school basketball right here in Philadelphia to the stage at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and elsewhere all the way across the world in France, Australia, and the Philippines, those who Kobe influenced found ways to honor his life and legacy in their own way.

One of the more unique and fitting tributes came to start Sunday night's game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Boston Celtics, when both teams held the ball and allowed the 24-second shot clock to expire in honor of No. 24. Chants of "Kobe! Kobe!" also broke out.

Neymar, one of the greatest soccer players in the world and a fellow Nike athlete, flashed Kobe's No. 24 after scoring a goal on Sunday in France and pointed to the sky instead of celebrating.

The Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young wore No. 8 to honor Kobe's other number to begin the game last night. He also went on a scoring tear and did something no NBA player had done since Kobe himself.

Tennis star Nick Kyrgios warmed up for his match at the Australian Open while wearing a Kobe jersey.

Kobe's influence was global as demonstrated by this mural with his daughter Gigi in Manila in the Phillipines.

The 62nd Grammy Awards took place as scheduled last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as artists and fans all mourned. Host Alicia Keys honored Kobe with the help of Philadelphia's Boyz II Men when they sang "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" during the ceremony.

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There was even a makeshift tribute in unexpected places like the subway station for Bryant Park in New York.

Elsewhere in New York City, Madison Square Garden was lit in Lakers' purple and yellow last night.

The NFL Pro Bowlers, including the Eagles' Fletcher Cox, showed their Kobe love with a jab-step-fadeaway celebration during the game in Orlando, Florida.

Down in Miami they do a tribute as only Miami can.

And finally, where it all started for Kobe at Lower Merion to pay their respects to the greatest basketball player to ever walk through their doors.

Sixers Talk podcast: Dr. J, A.I., The Process and our best Sixers moments

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Sixers Talk podcast: Dr. J, A.I., The Process and our best Sixers moments

On this edition of Sixers Talk, we debate which era of Sixers basketball we'd like to see a documentary on, our top Sixers moments and much more.

• Would you rather see a doc on the 80's Sixers or Process Sixers? (8:09)

• What if the Sixers didn't draft Markelle Fultz? (17:59)

• We pick our top three Sixers moments (33:56)

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NBA actually considering Atlantic City as 2020 playoff destination: report

NBA actually considering Atlantic City as 2020 playoff destination: report

NBA leadership is trying to figure out a way to play the 2020 postseason after what could be a months-long hiatus, which has the league thinking outside the box.

How outside the box? The league has reportedly considered holding a 16-team, single-site playoff tournament in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

That outrageous sentence comes to you this week from the New York Post's Mark Berman, who cited a league source with knowledge of the NBA's postseason emergency plans:

The obvious destination for a one-site event is UNLV in Las Vegas, which has hosted recent summer leagues with all 30 clubs. Hotels are plentiful. One destination reportedly discussed was the Bahamas. According to an NBA source, there’s also been internal talks about Orlando, Atlantic City, Hawaii and Louisville hosting the playoffs.

The tournament would only be held if the situation surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic improves to a point that the league feels safe playing games.

And to be perfectly clear, if a single-site tournament takes place, it will almost definitely be in Las Vegas.

But I need it to be in Atlantic City.

I need Nikola Jokic walking down Arctic Avenue, arms full of Italian hoagies from White House Sub Shop.

I need dozens of NBA players vibing to Jimmy Buffet in the Resorts Casino Margaritaville.

I need to see Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, walking the boardwalk in tandem, water ices in hand.

I need Jimmy Butler, awake at 4 a.m. with no practice facility, playing solo blackjack on an empty floor in the Hard Rock.

I need an epic, seven-game, historically entertaining NBA Finals battle between the Lakers and the Bucks to take place in Boardwalk Hall, recent home of the now-defunct Atlantic City Blackjacks.

Please, NBA, do the right thing. First, make sure the playoffs can be held without endangering anyone's life before proceeding. And then put the games in Atlantic freakin' City.

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