@traeyoung pays tribute to Kobe Bryant by wearing No. 8 to start the game, and then leads the @atlhawks to victory with 45 points and 14 assists.
The New Orleans Pelicans and the Boston Celtics each started the game by taking 24-second shot-clock violations in honor of Kobe Bryant.
The New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden pay tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Kobe Bryant: “The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. “For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals. But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna. “We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization and the entire sports world.”
Sunday Night Hoops on ESPN as @zionwilliamson continues thrilling start to NBA career!
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• Zion: averaging 18.5 PPG and 6.5 RPG in just 19.5 MPG.
• Zion: 75 FG% is the highest in the first 2 games of any player’s career in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55).
• Celtics: seeks 4th-straight W.
• Kemba: #NBAAllStar starter coming off 37 last game.