Kobe watched his teammates from the bench as Larry Nance Jr. sat on the floor before playing.
“It's out of respect,” Nance Jr. said after the game. “You earned that.”
Bryant sat out the game as he nursed a sore right shoulder. Bryant wore a navy suit and watched his teammates while Nance Jr. wore his uniform and saw 23 minutes of action recording seven rebounds and one assist.
Nance Jr. is in his rookie season for the Lakers after being drafted with the No. 27 pick in the 2015 NBA draft. he is averaging 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
- Christopher Chavez