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Donovan Mitchell, Bryce Harper among those to honor Kobe Bryant on his birthday

SALT LAKE CITY — Sunday marked the first birthday of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant following his passing in a January helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of his daughter Gianna and seven others.

Athletes from around the sports world — including some with local connections — paid tribute to Bryant in a variety of ways.

  • Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell wore custom shoes with Bryant’s image on them as he warmed up for Game 4 of the Jazz’s playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, and on Monday he made mention of it on his Instagram story, as many also recognize Aug.