Spike Lee wears purple No. 24 tuxedo to Academy Awards to honor late LA Lakers star

Spike Lee paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant by wearing a purple suit at the Oscars Sunday.

‘It’s for Kobe and it’s my way of paying tribute,’ the Oscar-winning filmmaker, 62, told Dailymail.com on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Lee, a diehard NBA and New York Knicks fan, donned a custom-made purple suit with yellow trimming – the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers – as he made his way down the red carpet with his wife Tonya Lewis Lee. Tonya dazzled in a long-sleeved floor-length white gown with silver earrings.

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The BlacKkKlansman director had Bryant’s number 24 number featured on both the jacket lapel and back of the jacket.

He rounded things out with purple rimmed glasses, a purple cap and a pair of Kobe signature Nike shoes. Lee’s fashion tribute came two weeks to the day the basketball icon died at 41 in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others.

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Lee and Kobe had worked together on Kobe Doin’ Work, a 2009 doc that centered around the NBA superstar’s preparation for a game against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2007-2008 season.


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