Dallas Mavericks announce team will retire No. 24 jersey in honor of Kobe Bryant
The Dallas Mavericks will be hanging up jersey No. 24 indefinitely in honor of the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who wore the number during his career at the Los Angeles Lakers.
The NBA and sports world on Sunday were shocked by the sudden death of Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter in a helicopter crash in California.
“Kobe’s legacy transcends basketball, and our organization has decided that the number 24 will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick,” Mark Cuban, who owns the Dallas team, said in a statement on Sunday.
“We are shocked and saddened by the devastating news of the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. Kobe was an ambassador for our game, a decorated legend and a global icon. Above all, he was a loving and dedicated father,” Cuban also said in the statement.
“Our hearts go out to all the lives lost and the families impacted by this terrible tragedy. We send our thoughts and prayers to Vanessa and the family, the Lakers organization and Kobe Bryant fans everywhere,” he added.
Bryant, who had begun his career with the Lakers with a No. 8 jersey, sported No. 24 to mark the second chapter of his NBA career in 2006, just two years after Shaquille O’Neal’s exit from the team.
On Sunday, a number of NBA teams used 24-second violations and 8-second violations to honor Bryant after the shocking news of his death.