Emotions were very raw on Sunday as the Wizards and Hawks played a game in Atlanta, just hours after the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
Players and coaches wiped back tears during a pregame tribute, as shown on the NBC Sports Washington broadcast. And as the game began, the two teams honored his jersey numbers with an eight-second and 24-second violation.
The Hawks held the ball after tip-off for eight seconds without crossing halfcourt and then the Wizards held the ball for 24 seconds to run out the shot clock. After each team did their part, they resumed play.
Hawks start the game with an 8-second violation.— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) January 26, 2020
Wizards then take the 24-second violation.
RIP, Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/rUUbofrLXw
Bryant's impact was felt across sports and all over the world. His legacy is particularly strong among the current generation of NBA players due to the fact he was in his prime when many of them were kids.
Hawks point guard Trae Young also began the game wearing a No. 8 Hawks jersey. Soon after the game started, he switched to his normal No. 11 uniform.
...This S*** can’t be real... this the first moment I was able to meet Gianna Maria, she’s been to only 3 games this year... 2 of them were mine... She told me I was her favorite player to watch🙏🏽 I can’t believe this😢😭— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) January 26, 2020
Rest Easy Gigi❤️ pic.twitter.com/IfDrE9Gjlv
Many players tweeted their condolences before taking the floor. And the Wizards released a statement on his passing.
Bryant, 41, passed away in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Other passengers also perished, though their identities have not been confirmed.
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