Kobe Bryant will have his No. 8 and 24 jersey numbers up in the rafters when the Los Angeles Lakers play Friday at Staples Center, and there will likewise be a new number on the court honoring him and his family.
Lakers defender Quinn Cook is changing his uniform number from 2 to 28, the team affirmed – the No. 8 to represent Bryant and the No. 2 to respect his daughter Gianna. The two died in a helicopter crash Sunday that likewise killed seven others.
Gianna Bryant, who was 13, wore No. 2 in youth basketball games and expected to one day play for the University of Connecticut. UConn honored Gianna by placing a No. 2 jersey on its bench this week.
Cook grew a Lakers fan on the East Coast, taking after his dad, the late Ted Cook. He visited the Bryant dedication, set up on the L.A. Live plaza over the road from Staples Center on Monday, while grasping a Bryant jersey in his hands.
The Athletic prior detailed Cook’s arrangements.
Cook is one of a few NBA players to request a number change since Bryant’s death to perceive the Lakers legend. The NBA typically requires a player to inform the league numerous months ahead of time of a uniform change yet has allowed express permission to the flurry of requests that have gotten as the week progressed, given the conditions.
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