Terry Stotts wears Kobe’s for Blazers’ game vs. Rockets
Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts wore a pair of Kobe’s in their game against the Houston Rockets in honor of the late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others perished in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California. They were heading to the Mamba Academy at Thousand Oaks before their helicopter hit the Calabasas hillside in a foggy morning, leading to the crash.
Terry Stotts is wearing Kobe’s for tonight’s game
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Stotts joined Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle and Denver Nuggets bench boss Mike Malone as some of the coaches to wear Kobes in a game. Unlike NBA players, coaches are pretty much stuck with their coat and tie outfits.
Since news of Bryant’s demise broke, most NBA players have either changed their jerseys, wrote Bryant’s name on their game shoes, and committed in-game violations in honor of the Black Mamba. Stotts , Carlisle and Malone didn’t let their dress code limit what they can do to honor the Lakers legend.
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Stotts’ Blazers were among the teams who mustered their courage on the day that Bryant’s death was announced. Two of the Blazers players were very close to Bryant: Trevor Ariza and Carmelo Anthony. Ariza was part of the 2009 Lakers championship run, while Anthony teamed up with Bryant in several Team USA squads.
“I think every player will be affected by it,” Terry Stotts said, per Jamie Goldberg of Oregon Live. “Everybody will deal with it in their own way. Kobe, whether he was a peer or a contemporary, like he was with Trevor (Ariza) or Carmelo (Anthony) or he’s an idol or an icon to some of our younger players, his impact will be felt by everybody.”
It is a devastating week for the NBA and the whole world, but Kobe’s legacy and influence to the game will undoubtedly live forever.
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