The Dallas Mavericks are paying tribute to Kobe Bryant by permanently retiring his number 24.
“Kobe’s legacy transcends basketball, and our organization has decided that the number 24 will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick," Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said.
Cuban's tribute was one of several around the NBA as players, coaches and fans were stunned by the news of Bryant's death.
In the Memphis-Phoenix game Sunday, the Grizzlies won the opening tip and immediately took a 24-second clock violation. When the Suns took possession, they stayed in the backcourt for an 8-second violation – the 24 and 8 seconds representing Bryant’s two numbers during his NBA career.
Michael Jordan has reacted to the news about the death of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter in a helicopter crash. “I loved Kobe - he was like a little brother to me,” Jordan said.
Jordan was the most notable of former and current NBA stars to express how shocked they were at the news. Jordan commended Bryant for his fierce competitive streak and called him “one of the greats of the game.”
Bryant's legacy is often compared to that of Jordan. Bryant won five NBA championships, compared to Jordan's six.