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What an emotional scene at Staples Center Friday night for the Los Angeles Lakers’ first game back on the court since Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna passed away.

Before the game began, Lakers players warmed up wearing Kobe’s No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys.

As players warmed up, Gianna’s teammates sat in the front row to honor her memory and be part of this incredibly moving ceremony.

Right before Usher sang “Amazing Grace,” the crowd shared its appreciation by chanting “Kobe!” and “Gigi!”

Emotions were running high, both in the stands and on the court as the Lakers prepared to play.

And the tribute to Kobe was spectacular.

As all this unfolded, NBA fans and analysts alike shared their reactions on social media.

The NBA absolutely did the right thing to postpone Tuesday’s game, and the Lakers made sure things were perfect for Friday night’s pregame ceremony. Just a beautiful, touching way to remember and honor Bryant, Gigi, and the seven others who lost their lives last Sunday.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.