Basketball: Australian NBL announces plans to honour Kobe Bryant

The Australian NBL will honour the NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna before each game in Round 18.

Beginning with Wednesday's clash between Melbourne United and the Perth Wildcats at Melbourne Arena, 24 seconds of applause will take place directly before tip-off at each game.

Kobe Bryant wore the No.24 jersey during a highly decorated career with the Los Angeles Lakers, highlighted by five NBA championships.

On Sunday (NZT), Bryant, his daughter and seven others died in a helicopter crash in the Los Angeles hills.

“Kobe Bryant was hugely popular around the world, and nowhere more so than in Australia and New Zealand," said NBL commissioner Jeremy Loeliger.

"We think this is a fitting way for the NBL to pay tribute to one of the legends of the game and his daughter Gianna, and celebrate their contribution to basketball."

The 24 seconds of applause will be accompanied by a video celebrating the life of Kobe and Gianna Bryant on the big screen at each venue.

The New Zealand crowd will have their chance to pay their respects before the Breakers' game against Adelaide 36ers on Friday.