Opinion: Team LeBron, Team Giannis need to wear Kobe numbers at the ASG

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

In my opinion, the NBA needs to honor Kobe Bryant at the upcoming NBA All-Star Game. And in my mind, there is only one way to truly do it.

Sure, there is going to be a moment of silence on Sunday, February 16th, as there have been around the NBA arenas on Sunday. Those tributes will continue throughout the week.

Fans attend Kobe Bryant vigil
Fans attend Kobe Bryant vigil (Getty Images)

Bryant was killed when a helicopter he was in crashed in a hill in Calabasas, California. There were no survivors, as all nine on board did not survive.

Players around the league have been an emotional wreck. And that’s going to continue to be like that in the days to come.

As the players are attempting to cope with this tragedy, people in and outside of the sports world are trying to cope with this horrific news, as well. Everything in the sports world did not matter after the news came out.

I think the way to truly honor this man, who was an 18-time All-Star and a five-time NBA Champion, is to make each respective team to wear Bryant’s jersey numbers. In his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, he wore both No. 8 and No. 24.

It could be either one, but I’m thinking Team LeBron should wear the No. 8 jersey because LeBron James played against Bryant when he wore the No. 8 jersey. This happened after James was drafted in 2003.

Team Giannis should wear the No. 24 jersey, as that’s the jersey the basketball icon wore against Giannis Antetokounmpo when the two battled late in his career.

I don’t mean just the captains to wear these jerseys. I mean all of the players should wear these jerseys in a tribute to the icon at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

This would be a special time to honor this special man. NBA, please do it. It would help in the healing, as the entire sports world is in mourning.

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