Kobe Bryant Philadelphia 76ers
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The NBA world continues to mourn the devastating loss of Kobe Bryant. Before the Philadelphia 76ers took the court on Tuesday night against the Golden State Warriors, the Wells Fargo Center paid tribute to Bryant in a moving tribute.

The 76ers displayed the No. 33, Kobe’s number at Lower Merion High School, on the side of the court with his high school jersey framed at center court.

The team held a 33-second moment of silence and displayed nine lights shining down on the court, honoring the nine lives lost in the crash.

Both the Warriors and 76ers’ players stood next to each other as the anthem was played and no pre-game intros were held. Instead, Philadelphia displayed the video of Kobe’s last intro in Philadelphia.

Once the game started, both teams continued with the tribute seen around the NBA of honoring Bryant. The 76ers took an eight-second violation and the Warriors followed that with a 24-second violation.

Bryant’s impact throughout the game and on countless lives was unmatched. So many teams have put on incredible dedications and honored him perfectly, but Philadelphia made their tribute even more special and it will never be forgotten.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick