Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins places ball where Kobe Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan
One day after the shocking, terrible passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others, NBA players and teams continue to show their support and adoration of the NBA legend during games.
On Monday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings faced off in Minnesota. Which is where Bryant passed his idol Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list in 2014. Both the Wolves and Kings honored Kobe a day after his too-early passing:
Timberwolves and Kings take the violations to honor Kobe Bryant as Wiggins sets the ball down in the spot where Bryant passed MJ on the All-Time scoring list pic.twitter.com/TGVySYxCym
— ClutchPoints NBA (@ClutchPointsNBA) January 28, 2020
When the game began, Andrew Wiggins of the Timberwolves placed the basketball on the free throw line. Which is where Bryant broke the record by hitting a free throw in the second quarter. The Wolves nor the Kings began playing, and the Wolves took an eight-second violation to start the game. The eight-second honored the first number that Kobe wore in his storied 20-year career with the Lakers.
Then, the Kings refused to take shot, leading to a 24-second violation. The violation honored the second number that Bryant wore during his iconic Lakers tenure.
As outpourings of support from within and without the NBA world continue to pour in, these on-court tributes to one of the game’s all-time greats are perhaps the most incredible and most powerful. These players are putting aside their differences and stated goals of defeating one another in order to share a treasured collective moment. It’s all in remembrance of one of the game’s true icons, who was taken from this world far too soon.
None of these players will ever forget Bryant’s legacy. And their actions to honor him will be weaved into the history of the NBA for years to come as well.