Sunday, no sphere could have possibly felt the impact of Kobe Bryant’s death greater than the NBA and the teams that were tasked with taking to the hardwood shortly after news broke of Kobe Bryant’s death.
While total cancellation of the league’s Sunday’s matches seemed to be in the top requests of fans, such an outcome couldn’t have been feasible. In response, however, teams across the league opted to honor the Black Mamba by holding 24-second and 8-second violations in honor of Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 jersey numbers. Naturally, crowds gathered across the arenas caught onto the trend, gifting Kobe with a standing ovation every time.