Mavs news: Dallas retires No. 24 in honor of Kobe Bryant
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Mark Cuban announces Mavs have retired No. 24 in honor of Kobe Bryant

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The No. 24 will never again be worn by a member of the Dallas Mavericks. Mavs owner Mark Cuban announced the organization has decided to retire the No. 24 in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, who tragically passed in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning along with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others:

Cuban took to Twitter in the wake of the news and encouraged followers and fans alike to cherish moments with family and friends. Cuban also said “It hurts that it takes a tragedy to remind of us of our mortality:”

This is the first move of this nature by any franchise, which is quite the commemoration.

Of course, Cuban got to witness Kobe Bryant’s excellence and competitiveness up close as his Mavericks dueled against the Los Angeles Lakers in Western Conference action.

In fact, Cuban tried to make a deal to acquire Bryant when he expressed his displeasure with the Lakers in 2007. Cuban thought he pulled of a deal that would have sent Josh Howard and Jason Terry to L.A. as part of a package for Kobe (via Tim MacMahon of ESPN):

On the final night of Bryant’s career, Cuban revealed that he thought he had agreed on a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2007 offseason, when Bryant had demanded a trade.

“I could have sworn that we had a deal done for Josh Howard and Jet,” said Cuban, referring to Jason Terry.

Cuban’s admiration for Bryant extends to the rest of his organization. No Mavericks player will ever don the No. 24 again. What a fitting tribute.