The Toronto Raptors are paying tribute to the late Kobe Bryant, honouring the late NBA legend this week.
The team opened Tuesday’s game with a tribute at the Scotiabank Arena before having a moment of silence in Bryant’s honour.
Earlier, the team paid tribute to the late Lakers legend via Twitter. In one tweet issued from the team’s official Twitter account, a photo displays Raptors guard Norm Powell wearing a sweatshirt with the names of Bryant and his daughter on the back.
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Meanwhile, multiple players throughout the NBA who wear the number of 24 — which was Bryant’s number for his final decade with the Lakers after previously using eight — are reported to be “informally” retiring the number.
As TSN reports, the Raptors’ Powell, who wears 24 on his jersey, says he’s absolutely willing to give up the number out of respect for Bryant.
“Yes, definitely,” he responded when asked if he’d be willing to switch to a different number. “The reason why I wear 24 is because of Kobe. So, whatever it takes to honour him, [he’s] one of the greatest to ever do it,” he said. “If they want to retire 24, I’ll find a new number. Go to eight, go to something, but find a way to relate back to Kobe somehow, someway.”