The world has been shaken over the past days following the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash over Calabasas, California. Known as a legend of the NBA and a loving father and husband, his spirit and charisma garnered a global fanbase so when the news was announced, friends, family and fans flooded social media and beyond with loving tributes.
The 2020 Grammy Awards served as the platform of musical tributes from Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men and Lizzo, while Twitter and Instagram was flooded with love from celebrities including Barack Obama, Snoop Dogg, John Legend and more. During Sunday games for the NBA a moment of silence was given and the New Orleans Pelicans and the Boston Celtics started the game by each taking 24-second shot-clock violations in honour of Kobe Bryant’s no. 24 jersey. A Hawks player, Trae Young, paid tribute to Bryant by wearing No. 8 to the game before leading the team to victory. But not exclusive to the basketball court, in fact seen halfway across the world at the tennis Australian Open in Melbourne were athletes making a nod to the passed athlete.
Tennis players Coco Gauff and Caty McNally were seen with permanent marker scribbled onto their shoes to read “KOBE”, “Mamba Mentality” and “#24.” Closer to the US, the likes of Trae Young, Montrezl Harrell, Lonzo Ball and Marcus Morris Sr. were seen with similar phrases adorned on their sneakers. A subtle yet fitting tribute to the basketball player. Nick Kyrigos also took to the Australian Open on Monday evening for his explosive match-up with Rafael Nadal, wearing a Lakers jersey for his warm up.
See the sneaker tributes below.