first_imgView this post on Instagram A tough night full of emotions. Hit my 24th point of the night on a nice fade-away which was his “bread and butter” and of course I yelled “KOBE” as many of us have done our whole life. Funny how life works… I’m extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to wear that number for the night. Wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you. I MISS YOU #ThanksBobby #KobeForeverA post shared by Joel “The Process” Embiid (@joelembiid) on Jan 28, 2020 at 7:49pm PSTCavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. wore No. 24 against the Pelicans before switching back to No. 22 for the second half. 2️⃣4️⃣ x Crazy 8️⃣ 💛💜🖤🐍A post shared by Larry Nance Jr (@larrydn7) on Jan 29, 2020 at 9:06am PSTMavericks owner Mark Cuban released a statement saying that No. 24 “will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick.” Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban issued the following statement on the passing of Kobe and Gianna Bryant.— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) January 27, 2020 MORE: Your version of Kobe doesn’t need to match anyone else’sHere is a list of players who have chosen to honor Kobe Bryant with a midseason jersey switch, along with those who will keep their numbers or have not yet decided.NBA players with new jersey numbers to honor Kobe BryantAlec Burks, WarriorsGolden State Warriors guard Alec Burks has worn jersey No. 8, but will switch to No. 20 to honor the tragic death of Kobe Bryant who wore No. 8 and No. 24, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 29, 2020Quinn Cook, Lakers​Lakers guard Quinn Cook is changing his number from No. 2 to No. 28 to honor Gianna Bryant, combining Gigi’s No. 2 and Kobe’s No. 8, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2020Spencer Dinwiddie, NetsHonor your people.Number 26, Spencer Dinwiddie.— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 28, 2020We often search for meaning in numbers. And yes you guys have caught a lot of the obvious reasons…There’s one more tho, a person that I often speak about but hold private and most close to my heart.Elijah + Spencer = 20 + 6Honor your ppl, love you son 🤙🏾— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) January 28, 2020Maurice Harkless, ClippersLos Angeles Clippers forward Moe Harkless has changed his No. 8 jersey to No. 11 in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2020Markieff Morris, PistonsPistons’ Markieff Morris will change from No. 8 to No. 88 in honor of Kobe Bryant, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA.— James Edwards III (@JLEdwardsIII) January 29, 2020Jahlil Okafor, PelicansMore tributes to Kobe Bryant’s jersey number(s): Denver’s Mason Plumlee from No. 24 to No. 7 — New Orleans’ Jahlil Okafor from No. 8 to No. 9, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2020Miye Oni, JazzSources: Utah Jazz rookie Miye Oni — a Los Angeles native — is changing his uniform number from No. 24 to No. 81 in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, representing Bryant’s historic 81-point game in 2006 and LA area code 818.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 30, 2020Mason Plumlee, NuggetsMore tributes to Kobe Bryant’s jersey number(s): Denver’s Mason Plumlee from No. 24 to No. 7 — New Orleans’ Jahlil Okafor from No. 8 to No. 9, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2020Terrence Ross, [email protected] will be changing his jersey number from 8 back to 31, beginning with Orlando’s game on Saturday, February 1 against Miami at Amway Center.— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) January 28, 2020Zhaire Smith, 76ersThe Sixers guard told ESPN he will wear the No. 5 moving forward.NBA players wearing No. 8Trevor Ariza, Trail BlazersBismack Biyombo, HornetsBogdan Bogdanovic, KingsDanilo Gallinari, ThunderRui Hachimura, Wizards — Will continue to wear No. 8.Justin Holiday, PacersFrank Kaminsky, SunsZach LaVine, Bulls — Will continue to wear No. 8.Patty Mills, SpursEmmanuel Mudiay, JazzJarred Vanderbilt, NuggetsKemba Walker, Celtics — Considering changing his jersey number but has not decided.Hawks guard Trae Young wore No. 8 against the Wizards before switching back to his usual No. 11. View this post on Instagram That one was for you…Rest Easy Kobe🐍— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) January 27, 2020NBA players wearing No. 24Khem Birch, MagicDillon Brooks, GrizzliesPat Connaughton, BucksBruno Fernando, HawksBuddy Hield, KingsAlize Johnson, Pacers — Will continue to wear No. 24 “as a tribute of the great respect I will always have for [Bryant].”Lauri Markkanen, Bulls — Will continue to wear No. 24 because “now it has a deeper meaning.”Garrison Mathews, WizardsSixers center Joel Embiid wore No. 24 against the Warriors instead of his usual No. 21. In the aftermath of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death, teams around the NBA paid tribute to the basketball legend by taking 8-second and 24-second violations to start games, a nod to Bryant’s retired Nos. 8 and 24 with the Lakers.Now some players have decided to take the gesture a step further by changing their individual jersey numbers. Others will continue to wear either No. 8 or No. 24 as a way to remember Bryant and bring his “Mamba Mentality” to the court each night.last_img

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