Yesterday’s news broke worldwide and many immediately said that the league should consider canceling the games for at least two days. But as players said, Kobe wouldn’t have wanted that. Despite playing with the heaviest of hearts and emotions, the Knicks beat the Nets 110-97.
In a game in which Nets’ Kyrie Irving left The Garden, and rightfully so, it was a somber game and you could literally hear a pin drop. It was till Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson’s dunk woke fans and viewers up.
Both teams opened with a 24-second violation, to honor the legend that is Kobe Bryant.
While being at 13-34, the thought of the playoffs might still linger about in their minds. The trade deadline is a little over a week away.
During the post-game, Marcus Morris had the most touching thing to say about Kobe.
“Just the impact he had on the game, the impact he had on my life at a distance, he meant so much to me.”
“Superman is not supposed to die. To us he was Superman.”
Taj Gibson had a similar sentiment to what we shared earlier.
Knicks center Taj Gibson said the motivation to play was “understanding that he would want you to go out there and play hard and lay it on the line. We just went after it.”
The Knicks face the Hornets tomorrow night. Tonight, ESPN is airing Kobe’s last game tonight at 9pm ET