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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Quinn Cook changing jersey numbers in honor of Gianna and Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant daughter Gianna

Several NBA players have changed their jersey numbers this week in honor of Kobe Bryant, and Los Angeles Lakers point guard Quinn Cook has decided to make a switch as a tribute to both Kobe and his daughter Gianna.

Quinn told Shams Charania of The Athletic on Wednesday that he is changing from jersey No. 2 to No. 28. The new number combines the No. 8 Kobe wore during the first part of his career with the No. 2 Gianna wore for her youth basketball teams. Cook believes both numbers should be retired by the Lakers.

Other players who have changed their jersey numbers in honor of Kobe include Spencer Dinwiddie, Moe Harkless, Terrence Ross and Markieff Morris. Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid wore No. 24 on Tuesday night as a tribute to Kobe, and Embiid had to fulfill one condition in order to be given permission to do so.

At this rate, it seems like only a matter of time before the NBA retires Bryant’s No. 24 jersey and potentially No. 8 as well. One team that Kobe never played for has already retired No. 24, and the Lakers will obviously do something formal when they feel the time is right.

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Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

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