Dallas Mavericks retire #24 in honor of Kobe Bryant

Posted at 12:04 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 13:07:03-05

DALLAS, TX — Dallas Maverick's owner Mark Cuban announced that his organization will retire Kobe Bryant's jersey number.

"We are shocked and saddened by the devastating news of the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna," Cuban said in a statement. "Kobe was an ambassador for our game, a decorated legend and a global icon. Above all, he was a loving and dedicated father.

"Kobe's legacy transcends basketball, and our organization has decided that the number 24 will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick... Our hearts go out to all the lives lost and the families impacted by this terrible tragedy. We send our thoughts and prayers to Vanessa and the family, the Lakers organization and Kobe Bryant fans everywhere."

Former Dallas Maverick's player Dirk Nowitzki also shared his thoughts on Bryant. The two battled against each other in the Western Conference for nearly two decades.