From the front office to the players and the dignitaries, the Nets will honor the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna on Wednesday evening.
After Bryant and Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, the Nets paid homage to Bryant and his daughter's last visit to the Barclays Center on December 21.
Bryant and his daughter had witnessed the victory over Atlanta and were sitting next to Joe Tsai's wife Clara. And on Wednesday against Detroit, these places – between Nets Bank and the goalscorer table – remained open. Before the jump there were flowers on the seats – correspondingly purple.
Net trainer Kenny Atkinson addressed the gesture and remembered Bryant coming over and giving him a quick hug during the game.
"Yes, it was definitely something special," said Atkinson. "I was surprised that he was there. Nobody informs me about these things – which they shouldn't either. But I was surprised that he was right there. As I said, I was surprised that he knew my name and knew who I was. That was really cool.
"The fact that we honor these two seats and his daughter – I think I found out later that she was here and Trae Young is one of her heroes, and I think it's a great tribute [to their] Memory. We'll do it tonight. I will definitely look there when I get up from my seat. "
There was also a video homage to Bryant and a moment of silence and the warm-up exercises of the nets – which had Chinese letters on the night of Chinese culture and the lunar new year – had the word Bryant on the back.
The Nets & # 39; DeAndre Jordan returned. The veteran center had been down with a twisted middle finger since January 20.
"Yes, hopefully he can carry Andre [Drummond] a little bit down. That will be an important part of the game, ”said Atkinson. "I would say we have a kind of double-edged sword. We have great rim protection and two excellent defenders. We will definitely need it."
Spencer Dinwiddie changed his jersey from 8th place, one of Bryant's two knockouts. He wore No. 26, which combined Bryants No. 24 and Giannas No. 2. He had to get permission from the NBA to change the off-season.