DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Dallas Mavericks say they will retire the number 24 in memory of Kobe Bryant, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash in California. The crash killed Bryant, his daughter and seven others.
Governor Greg Abbott tweeted, "Such a tragic loss in the sports world." Then he posted a second tweet with a video of Bryant and his daughter talking near the court of a basketball game in December, writing, "Kobe & Gigi living their best lives. This is the best way to remember."
Bryant's first coach with the Lakers was Del Harris, who is now coach of the NBA G-League's Texas Legends in Frisco. Bryant was 17 when the Lakers drafted him in 1996.
"One of the first things I remember is he wasn't able to participate in training camp because he broke his hand playing pick-up ball in Venice Beach," Harris says. "He just couldn't wait for the season to start. He had to play."
Harris says Bryant never needed motivation.
"He gave 100 percent all the time," Harris says. "He wanted to be better all the time."