Watch Kobe Bryant Tributes, From 'Kobe' Chants to NBA Teams Running Out the '24' Second Shot Clock

The sports world mourned Sunday upon hearing about the death of retired NBA super star Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning near Los Angeles.

Bryant, who was 41, was among nine people on board who were killed in the crash. Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also among those on board who perished.

At the beginning of the NBA game between the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday afternoon in Texas, the teams agreed that whichever team received the opening tip, they would dribble out the 24-second shot clock.

Bryant wore No. 24 during his tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Once the Raptors ran out the shot clock, the Spurs got the ball and brought it down the court. That's when Spurs coach Gregg Popovich directed his team to also run out the shot clock.

Each time when the shot clock wound down to zero, the crowd stood and clapped and then erupted in a "Kobe, Kobe!" chant. Take in mind, this was a Spurs crowd that saw its team battle with Bryant's Lakers for Western Conference supremacy during the late 1990s and beyond the first decade of the 2000s.

Here's a video tweet of the teams running out the shot clock.

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 news of Bryant's sudden death spread throughout the country rather quickly. The NBA Players Association sent out a statement on Bryant's passing.

"We are stunned and devastated by the news of the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant. Words cannot express his impact on our Players, the NBA and the game of basketball," the NBPA statement read. "This is a monumental loss for the entire basketball community and our hearts are quite simply broken. We send love and prayers out to his wife Vanessa and the entire family."

The NFL Pro Bowl occurred Sunday in Orlando, Florida. Before the start of the game, Bryant's photo was displayed on the video board as the public address announcer asked the crowd at Camping World Stadium for a moment of silence.

As the moment started, the crowd erupted in their own, "Kobe, Kobe!" chant.

A moment of silence held here at the Pro Bowl to honor Kobe Bryant, followed by chants of “Kobe” pic.twitter.com/AWy62mirtO

— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) January 26, 2020

The announcers at the Pro Bowl—Joe Tessitore and "Booger" McFarland of ESPN's Monday Night Football—talked about Bryant's death all throughout Sunday afternoon's broadcast. When coming back from halftime, they announced the fact that Gianna had also died in the crash. Both announcers got so choked up that there was silence in the booth, and the camera quickly darted back to the field instead of showing the emotional announcers.

The 2020 Grammy Awards are Sunday night at the Staples Center, where Bryant played home basketball games most of his career. Crowds began flocking to the arena Sunday afternoon to yell, "Thank you, Kobe!"

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Kobe Bryant walk out to center court during his jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images