Markieff Morris switching from No. 8 to 88 to honor Kobe Bryant
Pistons’ Markieff Morris will change from No. 8 to No. 88 in honor of Kobe Bryant, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA.
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Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles on Sunday morning at the age of 41. Sadly, all nine passengers on the flight, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, perished in the tragic accident, which is still under investigation.
Shortly after news of Bryant’s death was made public, hundreds of mourning Lakers fans descended on Staples Center Plaza, where they left pictures, flowers and jerseys as part of a memorial. The outpouring of emotion wasn’t limited to Southern California, however. Fans around the globe have come up with unique ways to honor Kobe’s legacy. One group of supporters in the Philippines painted a mural of Bryant embracing his daughter on an outdoor court in Manila.
The Pistons signed Morris back in July, inking the former Kansas Jayhawk to a two-year, $7.4 million contract. He’s made 40 appearances with the team in this campaign (16 starts), racking up averages of 11.0 points on 44.5 percent shooting from the field (39.5 percent from beyond the arc), 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 22.4 minutes per outing.
The Pistons will be back in action on Wednesday night, when they’ll face off against the Brooklyn Nets. Tip-off inside the Barclays Center is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.