The world of sports took a massive hit on Sunday morning as Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among the nine people that died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. It has shaken the entire NBA to its core, losing one of the league’s greatest players. That has created a tremendous amount of output of love and support towards Bryant and his family. It has led to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to declare that his franchise will do one special thing for the future Hall of Famer.
NBA’s reaction to the passing of Kobe Bryant
It was quite a challenging day on Sunday as the NBA dealt with the loss of one of their most celebrated players. That saw it take its toll on the league, with many of the players holding Bryant in extremely high regard with a tremendous level of respect towards him.
He was a game-changing talent that shaped many players’ careers as being their idols that pushed them even further into dedicating themselves to their craft. Several teams made their own special tribute to Bryant by holding a moment of silence before the game, doing 24-second shot violation, and even eight-second backcourt violations.
There is a massive outpouring of gratitude and strong sentiment towards Bryant that shows just a fraction of what he means to the league and the sport entirely. With that in mind, the Mavericks, led by Cuban, are planning to do something quite special in honor of the former Lakers star guard.
Mavericks tribute to Kobe Bryant
Among those making some type of special tribute to Bryant are the Mavericks behind their team owner.
Over the years, Cuban had developed a unique relationship with the former Lakers star that extended off the court. That alone only further emphasized Bryant’s impact on the league that has led to him declaring that No. 24 will be retired by his franchise.
It’s an honorable move as there is no question the type of massive influence that he had on the game that has helped shape this generation of players and the next after that. Bryant was their version of Michael Jordan, who they saw growing up as being the greatest talent that they had ever seen play.
There will likely be other teams that follow suit for this gesture by Cuban and Mavericks to forever honor Bryant in the league moving forward. It’s just another example of how much he meant to the league well beyond just guiding the Lakers to greatness.
Kobe Bryant’s lasting legacy
It’s quite evident the type of impact that Bryant had on the game of basketball that far exceeds anything he accomplished on the court in a Lakers uniform.
He was a steady source of inspiration for many pursuing that career or other ventures to push harder to reach great heights in their craft. His reputation for his hard work, dedication, and commitment rubbed off on many to strive to do even better.
There will undoubtedly be more tributes and ways that he’s honored by the league, its players, and the sports world that will further exemplify what he’s meant to so many. Bryant was a global sports icon that had a great deal of popularity around the globe behind his excellence on the court, and what he represented has made him an everlasting legend.
It’s a harsh reality to come to terms with that he has suddenly passed away along with his 13-year-old daughter, but it’s an opportunity for the NBA and others to remember him and honor him to a much higher degree.