LOS ANGELES (AP) — All-Star ahead Paul George narrated a two-minute video tribute to Kobe Bryant right before the Los Angeles Clippers faced the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night time. It was the to start with basketball recreation at Staples Heart because Bryant, his thirteen-yr-aged daughter Gianna and seven other people were being killed in Sunday’s helicopter crash in Calabasas.
George, who grew up in the Los Angeles location, mentioned in the course of the video: “We collect tonight in the residence that Kobe Bryant created to honor and keep in mind him. He was as synonymous with Southern California as the sunshine and touched each individual inch of it.”
Bryant’s retired No. 8 and 24 Lakers jerseys were being left uncovered in the higher left corner of Staples Heart. Following the video tribute, there was 24 seconds of silence adopted by “Kobe, Kobe” chants right before the national anthem.
The tribute was a preamble to the Lakers’ return to Staples Heart Friday night time for their to start with recreation because Bryant’s death. Their recreation Tuesday from the Clippers was postponed out of regard for the grieving franchise and metropolis.
The Clippers wore No. 24 shooting shirts in the course of pregame heat-ups while Doc Rivers and the coaching workers wore ties and shoes honoring Bryant.
The two Rivers and Kings mentor Luke Walton mentioned they experienced mixed thoughts coming into the arena. Rivers mentioned he has acquired a great deal of pics from persons demonstrating him and Bryant with each other.