- The Washington Times
Sunday, January 26, 2020

The stunning death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash Sunday continued to grip the sports world throughout the evening.

The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks honored the man who wore two jersey numbers in his career, first No. 8, then No. 24, by opening their game in Atlanta with an eight-second violation and a 24-second shot-clock violation.

The Hawks won the tipoff, and All-Star guard Trae Young held the ball in the backcourt for eight seconds, triggering a whistle. Young, who has trained with Bryant before, started the game wearing a No. 8 Hawks jersey instead of his usual No. 11.

When the Wizards inbounded the ball, they held the ball and let the shot clock tick down from 24 seconds to zero. 

It followed a similar tribute earlier in the day, when the Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs started off their game with matching 24-second violations.

Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine victims of a helicopter crash near Los Angeles Sunday morning.

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