"Every time I think about it I'm in shock," says New Orleans Pelicans rookie Brandon Clarke, who played for the Rising Stars' Team World Friday night.
While Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker warmed up in a custom-made bright yellow-and-purple hoodie with the names of Kobe and Gianna on the front and a black Mamba, Kobe's adopted symbol, on the back, others took a more subtle approach.
Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young wore custom-made shoes with "Mamba" on the heel cups.
WNBA star Liz Cambage had Kobe's tri-pronged Mamba symbol tattooed behind her left ear.
Rising Stars Team USA coach Phil Handy, a Lakers assistant coach who worked closely with Bryant in his final playing years, made "Mamba Mentality" part of his pregame speech.