Report: Quinn Cook to change from No. 2 to No. 28 to honor Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Quinn Cook is just one of the latest to honor the late Kobe Bryant, choosing to change his jersey from No. 2 to the No. 28 to honor the aforementioned’s name, as well as his daughter’s.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Cook will combine Gianna’s No. 2 and Kobe’s No. 8 into his jersey — paying respect to both father and daughter in a touching tribute for the remainder of the season.
Quinn Cook, who was seen mourning outside Staples Center, is following the lead of many players who have unofficially retired jerseys with the No. 8 and the No. 24 — the two numbers that Bryant wore during his career. Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets was one of the first among them, as the NBA allowed the sudden in-season change in wake of the circumstances.
Despite the NBA not canceling any games on Sunday after Bryant died in a helicopter crash that saw him, his daughter Gianna, and seven others lose their life after colliding into a hillside in Calabasas, players have taken matters into their own hands and looked for a way to honor one of the sport’s greats.
The Lakers were slated to play on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers, but their much-awaited matchup was postponed to allow the organization time to grieve.
Many among the Lakers family have been deeply hurt by his death, though none more than Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa and her three other children, who are now missing their dad and sister after the tragic accident took their lives on Sunday.