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.
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
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.
Can’t make this up...😢— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) January 27, 2020
He was with me tonight🙏🏽❤️ https://t.co/uvse4bMpuK
Tennis star Nick Kyrgios warmed up for his match at the Australian Open while wearing a Kobe jersey.
Nick Kyrgios walked out in Kobe's jersey and is wearing it while warming up pic.twitter.com/7SkSzFoKSi— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 27, 2020
Kobe's influence was global as demonstrated by this mural with his daughter Gigi in Manila in the Phillipines.
This is the famed Tenement basketball court in Manila, where work continues Monday night on a tribute mural to Kobe and Gigi. The hand-painted court is surrounded by candles and personal tributes written on surrounding walls. Amazing work by @IamMikeSwift and his team. pic.twitter.com/po5UG4zbOZ— Wayne Drehs (@espnWD) January 27, 2020
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.
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.
The NFC defense honored Kobe Bryant with a celebration during yesterday's Pro Bowl. pic.twitter.com/oyg250QVu5— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 2020
Down in Miami they do a tribute as only Miami can.
A Kobe Bryant tribute just floating around the water in South Beach. pic.twitter.com/DcUM48dzU0— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) January 27, 2020
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.
The tribute continues as fans show up to Kobe Bryant Gymnasium at Lower Merion to honor the legacy of the star. pic.twitter.com/LJudVLwoiX— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) January 26, 2020