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How Quinn Cook Honored Kobe And Gianna Bryant

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - MARCH 01: <<enter caption here>> during the first half at the Smoothie King Center on March 01, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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If you pay any attention to Quinn Cook at all you soon realize that he’s the Kevin Bacon of basketball: if he doesn’t know someone, he knows someone who does know him. You could easily do Eight Degrees of Quinn Cook.

The former Duke star now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, where one of his basketball idols, Kobe Bryant, played for his entire professional career.

Understandably, Bryant’s shocking death in a helicopter accident this past January deeply affected Cook, who had known the iconic star since he was a teenager.

He had been wearing #2 on his Lakers jersey but since Bryant’s daughter, Gianna, a promising young player, wore that number, Cook wanted to retire it. Yet he wanted to honor both.

So he combined their numbers and went with 28. All things considered, it’s probably one of the nicer things anyone has done to honor father and daughter.