Mark Cuban: ‘Number 24 Will Never Again Be Worn By a Dallas Maverick’

by January 27, 2020

In the wake of Kobe Bryant‘s tragic death in a helicopter crash Sunday morning, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced that the franchise is retiring his iconic No. 24 jersey.

Cuban joined the massive outpouring of grief from the sports world and far beyond after Bryant and his daughter Gianna perished, along with seven other people.

Bryant, 41, spent his entire 20-year career in Los Angeles, wearing both Nos. 8 and 24 for the Lakers.

Per The Forth Worth Star-Telegram:

“We are shocked and saddened by the devastating news of the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. Kobe was an ambassador for our game, a decorated legend and a global icon. Above all, he was a loving and dedicated father,” Cuban said in the release.

“Kobe’s legacy transcends basketball, and our organization has decided that the number 24 will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick.”

This is especially rare for a player who never wore a Mavericks jersey.

“Our hearts go out to all the lives lost and the families impacted by this terrible tragedy. We send our thoughts and prayers to Vanessa and the family, the Lakers organization and Kobe Bryant fans everywhere.”