Remembering Kobe Bryant: ‘The game will never be the same’

One year after Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Southern California, fans and the sports world still feel the loss of the NBA legend.

Bryant played his final game in Cleveland in 2016. It included a chant from the crowd and a number of special moments.

In the aftermath of Bryant’s death last year, Cavs players reflected on what he meant to them and the game of basketball.

When the Cavs played their first game following Bryant’s death against the Pistons, there were tributes both in Cleveland and Detroit.

Larry Nance Jr., who was teammates with Bryant in Los Angeles, was emotional on the bench following the tribute.

In similar fashion as other teams around the NBA, Cavs and Pistons players also honored Kobe as they took the court for the opening tip-off.