(Atlanta, Ga) – The Atlanta Hawks joined the basketball community in honoring and mourning NBA legend Kobe ‘Bean’ Bryant.
As the Hawks took to the court to face the Wizzards at State Farm Arena there was a moment of silence and a 24-second shot clock violation and an 8-second half-court violation in honor of the man who started the mamba mentality.
The future hall of famer and his 13-year-old daughter were among those who died in a helicopter crash in California yesterday. Fans all over the world are shocked and devastated. John Collins said he almost didn’t want to play as the weight of the tragedy was so heavy. But the game did go on with Trae Young leading the Hawks to a 152-133 victory.
Young had his average double double with 45 points on 24 shot attempts and 14 assists. He wore #8 in honor of Bryant and post game said that Kobe was with him. In classic Kobe fashion, Trae nailed a 42-footer at the buzzer. To sum it up, Trae was the first NBA player to have a 45 point double-double with less than 25 attempts since Kobe did it on December 17th, 2006.
Turns out that Kobe’s daughter GiGi considered Trae to be her favorite player. She had only been to 3 NBA games this year and two of those were Atlanta Hawks’ games to see Trae play.
De’Andre Hunter also chipped in 25 pts. Up next, the Hawks will head to Toronto Tuesday. They’re back home Thursday hosting the 76ers.