Rutgers honored Kobe Bryant in a special way before Tuesday night’s game against Purdue.
Several basketball teams across the country — college and professional — are honoring the memory of Bryant, who died tragically in a helicopter accident on Sunday. Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, were two of nine individuals killed in the crash.
Tuesday, Rutgers wore special warm-up shirts before tipoff. The front of the shirt was an image of Bryant’s face, while the back had Bryant’s two NBA numbers, 8 and 24. Below are the images from the pregame warm-up:
Paying tribute to a legend with Kobe Bryant inspired warmups for tonight’s game pic.twitter.com/Lhv3bDqIDp
— Rutgers Basketball 🏀 (@RutgersMBB) January 29, 2020
— Rutgers On BTN (@RutgersOnBTN) January 29, 2020
Bryant was a 20-year veteran of the NBA, winning five championships during his career. He was also a two-time NBA Finals MVP, a one-time league MVP (2008) and an 18-time NBA All-Star. He played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers.