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Brooklyn Nets Honor Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gigi with Purple & Yellow Flowers on Two Empty Courtside Seats

Gracious Egedegbe
Feb 01, 2020
06:00 P.M.

There continues to be an outpouring of tributes to the late basketball star, Kobe Bryant, with NBA side, Brooklyn Nets paying respects to his soul, and that of eight others, including his daughter, Gianna.


Fans at Barclays Center, home to the NBA side, Brooklyn Nets bore witness to an emotional atmosphere before their game against the Detroit Pistons.

This was because of the special tribute in honor of the souls of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobrayan.


The tribute began with both teams gathered around the four corners of the court, after which the announcer announced the intending game. The Center's light went out, followed by a video of Kobe's glorious moments.

In the video, Kobe and Gianna were analyzing an ongoing NBA game at Barclays Center on December 21. Concluding the video was a moment of silence observed in honor of Kobe and the other victims of the crash.


The spotlights then focused on two seats left vacant, with flowers placed on them, in honor of Kobe and Gianna. Those seats were the same seats that Kobe and Gianna sat on while watching the NBA game in December.

At the end of the silence, the fans chanted, "Kobe! Kobe! Kobe." A video of Brooklyn Nets' special tribute to Kobe was posted on Twitter by the NBA official Twitter account.

Dinwiddie previously wore the No. 8 jersey but announced that he would be changing to No. 26.


Brooklyn Nets' star, Kyrie Irving couldn't hold back tears throughout the tribute. The game was his first game since he took time off to mourn the late Kobe.

Nets players also warmed up wearing red and yellow Chinese New Year T-shirts, which had "Bryant" written on it. The fans also turned out in their numbers, wearing Kobe's No.24 Lakers jersey.

Another Brooklyn Nets player, Spencer Dinwiddie, wore his new jersey number for the game against the Pistons. Dinwiddie previously wore the No. 8 jersey but announced that he would be changing to No. 26.


Dinwiddie did this to honor Kobe's memory, as the late NBA star also wore No.8 when he began his career with the LA Lakers before he switched to No.24.

Brooklyn Nets' tribute is a continuation of the special honor accorded the late icon, as other teams have also accorded him respect before their games.

Kobe Bryant during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 draw ceremony in China in March 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Kobe Bryant during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 draw ceremony in China in March 2019. | Photo: Getty Images


The Los Angeles King also remembered Kobe, Gianna, and the rest of the crash victims, moments before their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Staples Center, which is also the home of Kobe's former team, the LA Lakers.

A video of Kobe's legacy was displayed on the screens, followed by a 24-second moment of silence for him and the other victims of the unfortunate helicopter crash.

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