Mavs Down Thunder
For Kobe. Honoring a legend. pic.twitter.com/luyBZFWnQG— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 28, 2020
The Mavs and Thunder followed the lead of several teams and paid tribute to Kobe Bryant to start off tonight's game 🙏🙏🙏 #RIPKobe— SportsDay Mavs (@dmn_mavericks) January 28, 2020
"Emotions were raw," the paper reported. I knew they would be. Still, I was surprised when I looked at Mavericks guard Luka Doncic during the Thunder's opening possession, not 12 feet away from me, and he was crying. "Players’ feelings about Bryant were evident throughout and after Monday’s game," the paper reported. "Carlisle said that Doncic became upset after the first quarter and had to be consoled. Doncic admitted, 'I broke down. That’s when it hit me. It was really hard to play through.'"
He's such an amazing talent that it's easy to forget that he's a 20-year-old kid.
But the game got under way, and 8-year-old Oliver and I really enjoyed it. Especially this dunk:
In the pregame warmups, Oliver even got to do some camera work of his own:
We also enjoyed watching Steven Adams get some pregame work in:
Even the halftime show was terrific: