James Harden, Allen Iverson, And More Of NBA’s Elite Pays Respect To Nipsey Hussle

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Nipsey Hussle attends a basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)

This past Sunday the world was struck with the terrible news of the passing of the late Grammy nominated rapper/entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle and since then the hip hop community continues to mourn over the loss of their well respected peer. It seems though that Nipsey’s impact didn’t travel just in the rap music, as a bunch of NBA stars have taken time to pay homage to the legendary Los Angeles MC who was also a friend and mentor to many of them.

According to The Undefeated, the late LA rap icon was huge basketball fan who could be seen attending his hometown team Los Angeles Lakers, college games and even participating in celebrity basketball games. After the tragic news of his death broke out, the game that he loved so much showed him an abundance of love as multiple NBA stars paid tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle. Stars like James Harden and Allen Iverson dedicated Instagram posts to display the hurt they feel over losing a good friend. Others like Dwayne Wade, Kahwi Leonard, and Montrell Harris showed their respect by writing small messages that honor the South Central native. The reigning NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors blasted “Last Time That I Checc’d” after getting word of what happened to Nipsey. The biggest tribute came from Russell Westbrook, who dedicated his 20-point, 20-assist, 20 rebound game to late MC who he idolized growing up in Los Angeles.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – APRIL 01: The shoes of Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat with a message commemorating rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed on March 31, before the game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on April 01, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA – APRIL 1: Sneakers of Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors seen prior to the game against the Orlando Magic on April 1, 2019 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 31: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers writes a tribute on his basketball sneakers to rapper Nipsey Hussle who was killed in a shooting outside his clothing store in Los Angeles today, in the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on March 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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