Wildcats honor Kobe Bryant with special warm up shirts


The Kentucky men’s basketball team honor Kobe Bryant with special warm up shirts before the Vanderbilt game on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. | Michael Clubb | Staff

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The Kentucky Wildcats are honoring the late NBA and Laker legend Kobe Bryant against Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena Wednesday night. 

The players all have a special warm up shirt with Kobe’s logo on the front and numbers 24 and 8 on the back, along with several of the players wearing custom Kobe’s on their feet for the game. 

“My first time ever playing basketball, I played for the Lakers,” Kentucky sophomore guard Ashton Hagans said. “He just had a big impact on a lot of guys, the way he fought. He wasn’t backing down from (anything). He was a hard worker. He got this game started. After MJ (Michael Jordan) left, he stepped in, had a big platform.”

Several of the women’s basketball players also wore their favorite Kobe’s when they played Auburn on Monday night, the day after his passing.

The Cats tip off at 6:30 on SEC Network against the Commodores.