Los Angeles Lakers: Darius Slay to honor Kobe Bryant with Philadelphia Eagles

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New Philadelphia Eagles cornerback, Darius Slay, will honor Los Angeles Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant, by wearing the No. 24 this upcoming season.

With the NBA season currently suspended, there hasn’t been much Los Angeles Lakers news to talk about. While they have halted all operations, the NFL has continued on with their league year, which has led to them dominating headlines.

During this time, people are looking for any distractions they can get. The NFL has provided a little bit of that with their free agency taking place throughout the month of March.

Doing crossover pieces between the leagues is always fun for readers, as it gives them a little something different. We had a piece recently about Tom Brady, who decided to move on from the New England Patriots after playing with the organization for the first 20 years of his career. Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.

Seeing Brady in the pewter, red, black and orange will take some getting used to after being in red, white and blue the last two decades. The piece touched on players that looked out of place wearing the purple and gold of the Lakers. Now, we have another crossover piece with the NFL.

When Kobe Bryant passed away in January in a tragic helicopter crash, many people honored him in a number of different ways. Bryant’s impact on basketball is well known, but he impacted plenty of other people around the world, one of those being cornerback, Darius Slay.

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Slay was traded from the Detroit Lions to the Philadelphia Eagles during free agency, landing a new contract in the process. That new contract made him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.

After landing with the Eagles, Slay let it be known that he will be changing to No. 24 to honor Bryant.

"“My number I’m rocking? I’m going with that two four, man. I’m rockin’ with two four this year,” Slay said Saturday night in an Instagram Live video. “Kobe mode. Black mamba, baby. Rest in peace to the GOAT, man. Rest in peace to one of my favorite players. … I think I’m gonna look good in 24.”"

Bryant was Slay’s favorite athlete and he expressed excitement on Twitter that he would get to play for the Eagles, who were Bryant’s favorite football team. Bryant went to high school in Philadelphia and was known to be an Eagles fan.

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Slay will have a little extra added pressure wearing Bryant’s number to honor him. But, if he continues to play as he has in recent years, he will do the No. 24 proud on the gridiron.