Someone Edited NYC's Bryant Park Subway Station Sign to Read 'Kobe Bryant Park' After NBA Legend's Passing

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Someone edited NYC's Bryant Park subway sign to read "Kobe Bryant Park" following his tragic death Christian Petersen/Getty

Following the death of Kobe Bryant, many fans are honoring the NBA legend with tributes, including the addition of his name on a New York City subway street sign

On Monday, the Bryant Park subway station sign was edited to "Kobe Bryant Park" with pictures of the sign posted across social media.

New York City subway station this morning. pic.twitter.com/5pntZC4zOW

— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 27, 2020

The tribute to Bryant comes shortly after a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California, which killed Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others. Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016, but remained a basketball icon, not only in the league but across the world. He spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP Awards and countless other accolades, making him one of the biggest names in NBA history.

Many of the tributes to Bryant began in Los Angeles, with fans flocking to the Staples Center to bring flowers and mourn his death. Additionally, the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, posted two Twitter tributes to honor the NBA legend.

According to Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Hall was lit up with the Lakers' purple and yellow colors at 8:24 p.m. PT, to honor both of Bryant's jersey numbers, 8 and 24.

Lights for a legend.

Los Angeles City Hall lit in purple and gold starting at 8:24 p.m. this evening in honor of Kobe Bryant’s storied championship career and in memory of Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and all who perished in today’s tragedy. pic.twitter.com/1una7Aj98Z

— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) January 27, 2020

Garcetti also requested that all Los Angeles City flags lower to half-staff in honor of Bryant. "Kobe Bryant was a giant who inspired, amazed, and thrilled people everywhere with his incomparable skill on the court – and awed us with his intellect and humility as a father, husband, creative genius, and ambassador for the game he loved. He will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles and he will be remembered through the ages as one of our greatest heroes," Gercetti wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.

All @LACity flags will be lowered to half-staff in honor of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and all of the victims in Sunday's tragic helicopter crash. pic.twitter.com/lI6071272D

— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) January 27, 2020

The tribute's to Bryant did not stop in California, with a number of NBA teams accepting 24-second shot clock violations at the start of their games to honor the legend.

In one of the first games following the news of Bryant's death, the Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic took both the 24-second shot clock violation, as well as an 8-second backcourt violation to honor both of his numbers. The Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards did the same in their game, as did the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns.

The Clippers took a 24-second violation, the Magic took an 8-second violation in honor of Kobe Bryant. 8 and 24. Wow. pic.twitter.com/4n06iWbbLx

— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) January 26, 2020

The @ATLHawks opened tonight's game with an 8-second backcourt violation and the @WashWizards took a 24-second shot clock violation to honor the two numbers Kobe Bryant wore during his NBA career. pic.twitter.com/aaiEz1Y0Yf

— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) January 26, 2020

NBA HONORS KOBE: Players around the league paid tribute to Kobe Bryant by holding the ball for 24 seconds — one of his jersey numbers — taking a 24-second shot clock violation at the start of games. https://t.co/nvXgXGft1k pic.twitter.com/GqN9tL2FUF

— ABC News (@ABC) January 27, 2020

The Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs did the same with a 24-second violation in their game.

Both the @Raptors and the @spurs ran out the 24-second shot clock on their first possession of the game in honour of Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/JhD8XVUGFo

— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 26, 2020

The tributes continued throughout the night and today in New York City with Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building lighting up with the Lakers' purple and yellow.

The Empire State Building paying respect to #Mamba #kobebryant #rip pic.twitter.com/lIPt4Hd3T9

— Joey (@vvjoeyvv) January 27, 2020

The University of Mississippi also participated in the honoring of the NBA legend by lighting up their university bell tower in purple and yellow.

Tonight, the Lloyd Family Bell Tower turns purple and gold to remember Kobe Bryant.

Thanks for the memories. pic.twitter.com/aaeLu0oErc

— Ole Miss Athletics (@OleMissSports) January 27, 2020

Additionally, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced the franchise will retire the number 24, so no other Maverick could wear it again.

"Kobe's legacy transcends basketball, and our organization has decided that the number 24 will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick," the team wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.

Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban issued the following statement on the passing of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. pic.twitter.com/Ua41YrvTMZ

— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) January 27, 2020

Players and fans across the NBA have spoken on how important Bryant was for the game of basketball and many have speculated the different ways the league could honor him. Some suggested every NBA team retire both of his numbers, while others created a petition to change the player silhouette on the NBA logo from former Laker Jerry West to Bryant.