Feb 23, 2020; Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles right wing Dustin Brown (23) wears a Los Angeles Lakers jersey of Kobe Bryant (24) before the NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It was Lakers Night at the Staples Center on Sunday evening as the Los Angeles Kings hosted the Edmonton Oilers. In a fitting tribute to the late Kobe Bryant ahead of Monday’s public memorial, the Kings donned Lakers-themed No. 8 and No. 24 sweaters during warmups in honor of the numbers Kobe wore during his legendary career.

Making the tribute that much more special, the warmups were auctioned off during the game, as highlighted by the Lakers in a tweet.

The proceeds from the auction benefited the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, Bryant’s charity that was renamed in honor of himself and daughter Gianna after the two lost their lives along with seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26.

As noted, Staples Center will be the site of another emotional event Monday when a memorial celebrating the lives of Kobe and 13-year-old Gianna is held.

This article first appeared on Sportress of Blogitude and was syndicated with permission.


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