NBA: Pistons honor Bryant before game with custom jerseys

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Jan 28 2020 09:46 AM

The Detroit Pistons honored Kobe Bryant ahead of their game. Photo courtesy of the Pistons' Twitter account (@DetroitPistons)

The tributes to Kobe Bryant continued Monday, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons honoring the late star before their game in Detroit.

Bryant, 41, was one of nine people killed Sunday when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed in Calabasas, Calif. His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also among those who perished.

Before the game Monday, the Pistons players took the floor during warmups wearing jerseys with the Nos. 8 and 24 -- the two numbers Bryant wore in his career -- and the name "BRYANT" on the back, and wore them during 24 seconds of silence before the game.

The teams then traded 24- and 8-second violations to start the game, similar to what teams did Sunday after learning of Bryant's death.

The Cavaliers' Larry Nance Jr., a teammate with Bryant as a rookie in 2015-16, could been seen with tears in his eyes while sitting on the bench after the violations.

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