NBA icon Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. The Los Angeles Lakers legend was just 41 years old. As the sports world mourns the tremendous loss, Madison Square Garden — otherwise known as the Mecca of Basketball — honored the Black Mamba with purple and gold lights and a pre-game ceremony. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
NBA icon Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. The Los Angeles Lakers legend was just 41 years old. Across the globe, the sports world is mourning the sudden and tragic loss — and the Mecca of Basketball is no exception. New York's Madison Square Garden honored the late Black Mamba with purple and gold exterior lights.
The world's most famous arena also hosted a ceremony prior to tip-off of Sunday night's game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.
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The LA Lakers left 2 empty seats for Kobe and Gianna Bryant, and gave out 20,000 Bryant jerseys at the emotional first game since his death
NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were remembered with tributes in the first...NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were remembered with tributes in the first LA Lakers game since their deaths. They and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. The Lakers played their first game sine Bryant's death on Friday at the Staples Center, against the Portland Trailblazers. The Trailblazers won with 127 points to the Lakers' 119. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were remembered with a series of tributes at the first Lakers game on Friday since their tragic death, including leaving them empty seats covered with roses. Bryant, Gianna, and seven other passengers were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. The Los Angeles Lakers played their first game on Friday since Bryant's death against the Portland Trailblazers. The Blazers beat the Lakers 127 to 119. From their memorial courtside seats to 24-second and 8-second violations to honor the NBA icon's retired numbers, here are the ways the Bryant legacy was honored at the game:20,000 shirts with Bryant's jersey number were laid out on the seats of the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bryant's retired jersey numbers — 8 and 24 — were up in lights for the game. The Lakers wore purple warm-ups with Bryant's jersey. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1223443980118978560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Together. pic.twitter.com/N5JjsOHf0v Players don't usually wear warmups onto the court, but made an exception for this game. Usher sang an emotion-laden rendition of "Amazing Grace" to start off the game. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1223449894129688578?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Usher performs "Amazing Grace" during the Lakers' tribute to Kobe. pic.twitter.com/NV88OpW5Uq A tribute video was played to honor Bryant's legacy. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1223451756534910976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw The Lakers' tribute to Kobe Bryant 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/jI0wwlSqhk Boyz II Men performed the National Anthem. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1223453116999372801?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Boyz II Men sings the national anthem during the Lakers' pregame ceremony. pic.twitter.com/yvnwZhyd53 LeBron James gave a heartfelt eulogy to his "brother" Kobe Bryant. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1223454225314615302?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw "So in the words of Kobe Bryant, 'Mamba Out,' but in the words of us, 'Not forgotten.' Live on, brother." —LeBron James during the Lakers' tribute to Kobe pic.twitter.com/qQTHrirN6t All five starters, still wearing their Bryant-inspired warmups, were announced as "6-6 out of Lower Merion High School...Kobe Bryant." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1223460866814644225?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw "Number 24, 6'6, 20th campaign from Lower Merion High School..." pic.twitter.com/H314wWufA2 Several team members engraved messages on their shoes for both Kobe and Gigi. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1223472619699109888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Legacy pic.twitter.com/QWuKlaiENX Kobe's numbers and initials made an appearance on the floor of the court itself. Bryant's jersey number could be seen in even the most minute details Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1223459560549019648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw pic.twitter.com/loH66j7WJDTweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1223461047555674112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Detail pic.twitter.com/Zy4MNeJAxI The Lakers took a 24-second violation and the Blazers took an 8-second violation to honor Bryant's two jersey numbers at the start of the game. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1223456253424422914?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw The Lakers take a 24-second violation and the Blazers take an 8-second violation to honor Kobe. pic.twitter.com/eyAMI9V804 The Lakers coaches all wore Kobe Nike shoes. Singer Charlie Puth and rapper Wiz Khalifa performed "See You Again" during halftime. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1223474257964888064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw "Rest In Peace to the late, great Kobe Bryant." pic.twitter.com/jmqQMVC2UO After the Lakers defeat, James and the Blazers' Dame Lillard, who both shared profound respect for Kobe, were filmed in a post-game embrace. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1223492281359130624?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw 👑 x ⌚️ pic.twitter.com/IyB0KaeCx4
Vanessa Bryant announced a fund to direct donations to other families of victims of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe and Gianna
Vanessa Bryant, wife of late NBA icon Kobe Bryant, set up a fund to support the...Vanessa Bryant, wife of late NBA icon Kobe Bryant, set up a fund to support the families of the seven other people who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. The crash killed her husband Kobe Bryant and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna "Gigi" Bryant. Bryant wrote announced the fund on Instagram, and said it is being set up in conjunction with Kobe Bryant's youth sports charity, the Mamba Sports Foundation, in order to further Kobe and Gianna's legacy. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Vanessa Bryant has started a fund in order to support the families of those killed in the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crash on Sunday. The crash killed her husband and NBA icon Kobe Bryant, their daughter, 13-year-old daughter Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, and seven others on board including the pilot. On Wednesday, Bryant posted on Instagram about the crash, thanking the "millions of people who've shown support and love during this horrific time." My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️ A post shared by Vanessa Bryant 🦋 (@vanessabryant) on Jan 29, 2020 at 4:59pm PST on Jan 29, 2020 at 4:59pm PST She also announced a new fund called MambaOnThree Foundation set up to support the families affected by the tragedy. The new fund is being set up in conjunction with Kobe Bryant's youth sports charity, the Mamba Sports Foundation, in order to further Kobe and Gianna's legacy, she said. "We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality," she wrote in her post. According to its website, the MambaOnThree Fund "was created to honor Team Mamba's mantra, 'Mamba on Three.'" "It's with that customary chant for togetherness, sisterhood and the ability to take on every challenge that this Fund was named," the website says. The site says all proceeds from the fund will be directed to the families of the other victims. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash. SEE ALSO: This timeline shows everything we know — and what we don't — about the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and 7 other people Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A 45-year-long study discovered trends in successful hyper-intelligent children
UConn Huskies pay tribute to the late Gigi Bryant during an emotional matchup against the US Women's National Team
NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, died in a helicopter crash...NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, Sunday. Gigi, dubbed "Mambacita," shared her father's love for the game and intended to one day follow in his footsteps by playing professional basketball in the WNBA. According to the Black Mamba himself, Gigi was "hellbent" on playing college ball for Geno Auriemma's UConn Huskies. Prior to their highly-anticipated Monday-night matchup against the US Women's National Team, the Huskies honored the young Bryant with a No. 2 jersey and floral arrangement perched on the UConn bench. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, died in a helicopter crash along with seven others in Calabasas, California, Sunday. Dubbed "Mambacita" after her father's nickname "Black Mamba," Gigi spent much of her childhood watching her father dominate the NBA and aspired to follow in his footsteps. She wanted to play in the WNBA someday, but she was "hellbent" on playing college ball for Geno Auriemma's UConn Huskies first, according to her dad. Just one day after the Bryants' fatal accident, the Huskies hosted the US Women's National Team for a scrimmage as part of its pre-Olympics tour. And prior to tipoff, UConn honored Gigi with by draping a No. 2 jersey — the number she wore with her AAU team — over the back of its bench and placing a bouquet of flowers on the seat. Mambacita is forever a Husky 💙 pic.twitter.com/3wdAbdK0Ye — UConn Women's Hoops (@UConnWBB) January 27, 2020 It was an emotional night for many of the players and staff on hand. Kobe was an outspoken supporter of the women's game and the WNBA and had a personal relationship with many of the stars who laced up for Team USA. Diana Taurasi — the all-time WNBA leading scorer whom Bryant regularly called the greatest of all time and dubbed the "White Mamba" — broke down in front of the camera's while trying to reflect on the Black Mamba's legacy. "I don't know if I can do this," Taurasi began while holding back tears. "He meant so much to a city. That fighting spirit that he had, I think everyone had that in them and he found a way to make it okay for everyone to be that way." "I was a huge fan growing up," the Los Angeles native added. "Still am." White Mamba remembers Black Mamba. ♥️📽️: @ESPN pic.twitter.com/HMe7NNgiz1 — Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) January 28, 2020 After the game, Team USA forward Nneka Ogwumike said that she hoped both teams did the Bryants proud with their performance. "I would just hope that we did exactly what he would want us to do," she told ESPN. "Exactly what Gigi would want to watch." After trailing for stretches of the game, Team USA pulled away from the Huskies for the 79-64 victory. Read more: Photos of Kobe and Gigi Bryant show how the father-daughter duo shared a deep love for the game of basketball Kobe Bryant started using helicopters as a player as a way to maintain his body and spend more time with his family Time will honor the late Kobe Bryant with a cover featuring his final bow Remembering the highlights of Kobe Bryant's illustrious career after his tragic death Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not know