If you needed further proof that Kobe Bryant truly transcended the game of basketball, you got it in Vancouver on Monday night.
Other than playing a few games against the Vancouver Grizzlies early on in his career, Bryant didn’t have much of a connection to this Canadian west coast city. And yet, the Canucks honoured Bryant during a stoppage in play during the first period of their game against the St. Louis Blues, putting his picture on the big screen.
Fans applauded and players tapped their sticks on the ice to salute Kobe, who died tragically in a helicopter accident on Sunday.
— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) January 28, 2020
Very classy of the Canucks to honour Kobe. RIP Kobe pic.twitter.com/QUR3G0NCT0
— Joshua (@rjoshua28) January 28, 2020
— Clay Imoo (@CanuckClay) January 28, 2020
— John Martin (@jjm4x) January 28, 2020
Kobe gets a standing ovation at the Canucks game! pic.twitter.com/KotHDHKTZ7
— organizedsports.wav (@FederalDust) January 28, 2020
Prior to the game, anthem singer Karen Lee Batten stepped onto the ice wearing a #24 Kobe Lakers jersey.
— Rob Williams (@RobTheHockeyGuy) January 28, 2020
— Amber.S (@AmberSpidell) January 28, 2020
Outside the arena, BC Place shined purple and gold — Lakers colours. Rogers Arena was also spotted shining purple and gold lights earlier this evening.
Vancouver isn’t an NBA city anymore, but BC Place and Rogers Arena are lit up in Lakers colours tonight.#Canucks will hold a tribute to Kobe Bryant during the first intermission of Monday night’s game vs. St. Louis, I’m told. pic.twitter.com/kjtGwNvLUp
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) January 28, 2020
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) January 28, 2020
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