The Rockets and Suns each began their game by taking 24-second shot clock violations, in honor of the jersey number Bryant wore for the latter half of his illustrious 20-year career with the Los Angeles.
That set off a trend across the league's other games later in the day, as the Grizzlies followed suit and the Suns followed that up with an eight-second backcourt violation, in honor of the number Bryant wore when he broke into the league straight out of high school.
"Just don't feel like broadcasting. I know a lot of the players don't feel like playing. It's just a sad, sad day."Mike Breen speaking emotionally about Kobe's death at the start of the Nets-Knicks game pic.twitter.com/ufr9CVmd17