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Pelicans’ Zion Williamson shares his favorite memory of Lakers great Kobe Bryant

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Like his fellow NBA players, young and old, New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson has been inspired by Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in one way or another.

Now, speaking before the Rising Stars game on Friday, Zion shared his favorite memory of the NBA great — and it’s the following play:

Here’s Zion Williamson talking about the incredible Kobe play that he will forever remember:

The NBA, NBPA and Nike announced that the 2020 NBA All-Star uniforms will pay tribute to the late Kobe, his daughter Gianna and their seven friends and teammates who tragically passed away in a helicopter accident last month in Calabasas.

The fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star game on Sunday in Chicago will be commercial-free to honor Bryant as well.

Every item that was left at the Kobe Bryant memorial outside the Staples Center came with a handwritten note. Mourners immediately started gathering outside of Staples Center after Bryant passed away in a tragic helicopter crash that also killed Gianna. In total, those who gathered outside the Los Angeles Lakers’ home court left 1,353 basketballs and over 25,000 candles, as well as jerseys, flowers, shoes, paintings and stuffed animals.

The passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter has certainly left an unthinkable emotional impact on Vanessa Bryant and her children, and it has also impacted the entire NBA world. Lakers players were very emotional against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center during their tribute to Kobe.

The Lakers retired Bryant’s No. 8 and 24 jerseys last year. Now, the late basketball icon is set to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer as part of an incredible class later this year.