This was a night where basketball was not the focus. The gathered basketball community mourned the loss of a giant of the sport. Ultimately the final result saw the Clippers take the W.
Los Angeles Clippers 112 – 97 Orlando Magic
Obviously both on & off of the court the atmosphere appeared to be focused elsewhere. It was understandably subdued in the Amway. As I watched on League Pass I found it hard to concentrate on the game.
In a classy touch the outside of the Amway had been lit to purple & gold. Both teams honoured Kobe Bryant by the first two plays resulting in a 24 second shot clock violation & a 8 second back court violation. These two numbers 24 & 8 were worn by Kobe. This action resulted in applause & chants of “KOBE, KOBE” from the fans in the building & from both the teams on court & on the bench. Absolute class & it saw many a person reduced to tears.