LOS ANGELES – The Lakers have kept their plans secret from how they will honor Kobe Bryant for their first game since their former star, 13-year-old daughter and seven others Died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. But some clues have appeared around Friday night game when the Lakers (36-10) held the Portland Trail Blazers (21-27) at the Staples Center.
First, look at the shoes that Lakers coach Frank Vogel and his assistants will wear.
We will wear Kobe, tonight in the match – coaching staff, Vogel said, their assistants are Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins, Phil Handy, Miles Simon, Mike Penberthy and Quinton Crawford. But everyone did it themselves.
Secondly, look at the seats along the yard and the lower bowl. At the end of Portland's morning shooting practice, Bryant T-shirts were placed on those seats in the respective sections.
Lakers refused to share what other tributes they will have to honor Bryant, who died at age 41 just four years after he retired A 20-year career that spanned five NBA championships and placed fourth in the NBA's all-time scoring list. But it looks like the following will happen when they start paying tribute right before the start.
The Lakers will probably keep a moment of silence for Bryant one day later Clippers did the same thing 24 seconds before the Thursday match against Sacramento. Perhaps the Lakers shined purple and gold on Bryant's No. 8 and …