DALLAS, Texas — The Dallas Mavericks will retire No. 24 in wake of Kobe Bryant's death, the team's owner, Mark Cuban, announced Sunday.
Bryant, an NBA legend who amassed five NBA championship wins, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in Calabasa, California — a crash that also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.
"We are shocked and saddened by the devastating news of the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna," read a statement from Cuban on Sunday. "Kobe was an ambassador for our game, a decorated legend and a global icon. Above all, he was a loving and dedicated father.
"Kobe's legacy transcends basketball, and our organization has decided that the number 24 will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick," continued the statement.
"Our hearts go out to all the lives lost and the families impacted by this terrible tragedy," he continued. "We send our thoughts and prayers to Vanessa and the family, the Lakers organization and Kobe Bryant fans everywhere."
“The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna," stated NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. "For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning."
"He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals," continued Silver.
"But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability," he said. "He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna."