If you believe in a higher power, then Kobe Bryant was certainly able to spread his considerable influence and tutelage to two of the NBA's brightest young stars on Sunday.
Hours after Bryant's passing, Atlanta Hawks scoring assassin Trae Young put up a Kobe-inspired stat line for the ages, then paid tribute to the Mamba on Twitter after carrying on his legacy on the court. The numbers truly do not lie.
Of course Young's field goals, while rocking the No. 8 jersey, stopped neatly at 24. Of course his free throw percentage matched Kobe's 81-point career high.
And, naturally, Young became the first baller to put up these numbers against the Wizards since...Bryant himself, 13 years ago.
But don't forget Devin Booker. When you add the Phoenix Suns star's 24 (yes, 24) shots to the mix, he and Young combined for...a tidy 81 points.
Young was reportedly Bryant's daughter Gianna's favorite young player, leading Kobe to work with him this past summer.
Now, even more attention must be paid to this remarkable feat.