NBA Players Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young was one of many NBA players to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant after news of the former Laker’s death, but Young did it in a fairly unique way.

The Hawks and Washington Wizards combined to take 24- and 8-second violations at the start of Sunday’s games in honor of the two numbers Bryant wore during his Lakers career. Young, meanwhile, took the court wearing Bryant’s No. 8 instead of his usual 11.

Young changed back to his usual number after the violations were committed and the tribute ended, but it was a pretty clear message and a nice tribute.

Young grew up watching Bryant. Other players who were personally close with the ex-Laker couldn’t even bring themselves to play Sunday. NBA players are working through their grief and paying tribute in many different ways, but Young’s certainly stands out.