#MambaForever: Alex Ovechkin Sports No. 24 Jersey Before Game Against Predators in Tribute to Late NBA Legend Kobe Bryant, Will Auction Jersey To Benefit Bryant Family Charity

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The tragic death of National Basketball Association legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year old daughter Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in California sent shock waves throughout the sports world. In the days since, athletes and teams (including in the NHL) have paid tribute to the NBA star and other victims before or during games. Before the Capitals’ first home game since the end of the All-Star break, captain Alex Ovechkin did his part to pay tribute to the man known as “Mamba”.During warmups before the Caps’ home game against the Nashville Predators, Ovechkin donned a home jersey with Bryant’s familiar No. 24, instead of his usual No. 8, which is also a former number worn by Bryant.

Ovechkin, who is a fan of the game of basketball and whose mother Tatyana played professionally for the Soviet Union, will sign the jersey to be put up for auction, with proceeds going to the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, which dedicates itself to help improving the lives of youth and families in need.

Ovechkin commented on Bryant’s death earlier in the week, calling the news “tough” and speaking of Bryant’s impact on basketball and sports.

Details on the auction for the signed No. 24 jersey will become available at a later time.

By Michael Fleetwood

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About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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