The NBA world mourned the loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday. Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna also died in the crash. On Twitter, Lakers legends and former teammates paid tribute to Bryant. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
The NBA world was shocked on Sunday by the death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Words of remembrance came in from figures across the sporting world, as NBA players and other superstar athletes learned of the tragic news. On Twitter, fellow Lakers legends, as well as former teammates of Bryant, shared their own heartfelt tributes.
As I try to write this post, my mind is racing. I’m in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating news that Kobe and his young daughter, Gigi have passed away in a helicopter crash. Cookie and I are heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/X2vF0M0a1u — Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2020 Kobe was so much more than an athlete, he was a family man. That was what we had most in common. I would hug his children like they were my own and he would embrace my kids like they were his. His baby girl Gigi was born on the same day as my youngest daughter Me’Arah. pic.twitter.com/BHBPN5Wq8V — SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020 My heart is broken for Kobe and his family. I’ll never forget the battles but what I really admired was the father he was to his girls. Rest In Peace old friend with your angel Gianna 💔 — Steve Nash (@SteveNash) January 26, 2020 Beyond devastated... my big brother... I can’t, I just can’t believe it — Pau Gasol (@paugasol) January 26, 2020 Struggling to process what is now a reality. Kobe’s life after basketball was just beginning and his second act was going to be even greater. His legacy, Gigi’s legacy both will live on forever! — Derek Fisher (@derekfisher) January 26, 2020 Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete. pic.twitter.com/9EZuwk8wrV — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) January 26, 2020
While the Lakers were not in action on Sunday, other teams playing around the paid tribute by letting the 24-second shot clock run out to start the game in honor of Kobe, who wore no. 24 through the latter half of his career with the Lakers. LeBron James, who on Saturday had just passed Bryant to take third place on the NBA all-time scoring list, was seen grieving after getting off of the Lakers team plane on Sunday night. "Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames," Bryant wrote on Twitter, in congratulations to James' accomplishment. "Much respect my brother #33644."
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An official Kobe Bryant memorial looks likely on February 24 at the Staples Center, where he once dominated the court for the LA Lakers
A memorial will be held on February 24 to commemorate Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven...A memorial will be held on February 24 to commemorate Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven others who died in a helicopter crash, the Los Angeles Times and CNN reported. According to CNN the date 2/24 has special significance – 24 was Bryant's jersey number and 2 was his daughter Gianna's. The event will have a tight timeframe because a a basketball game between the LA Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies is scheduled right after, the Times said. The Staples Center has already become an unofficial focus of mourning for Bryant since he, Gianna, and seven others were killed on January 26. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A public memorial in honor of Kobe Bryant is due to be held at his old stomping ground of the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, according to the LA Times. The event is being planned for Monday February 24, according to two unnamed sources who spoke to the Times, as well as sources who spoke to CNN. It has not been officially announced. It will also honor Bryant's daughter Gianna, and the seven others who died in the same helicopter crash in Los Angeles County in late January. The Times's sources said the date was set after talks with Bryant's widow Vanessa, the Staples Center, and The Lakers organization. A Lakers spokesperson has no comment when contacted by Business Insider. The bodies of all nine victims from the January 26 crash were returned to their families this week by medical examiners in Los Angeles. According to the LA Times, the Staples Center memorial will be relatively brief, as it needs to finish in time for a scheduled game between the LA Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies, which starts at 7:30 p.m. local time. CNN noted that the date 2/24 could be symbolic: Bryant wore the number 24 jersey for the latter part of his career, and Gianna played in number 2 in youth basketball games. The Staples Center has already become a focus for memorials to Bryant. Fans made their own memorial outside the day after he died, coating the ground outside with flowers, jerseys and other tributes. A previously planned game between the LA Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers also became a Bryant tribute, with celebrity performances, a speech from LeBron James, and two empty courtside seats for Bryant and Gianna. Last week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told the local news channel ABC7 that Bryant should have some kind of public memorial in the city where he spent 20 years as a stand-out player with the Lakers. "I think one message that I would say is this is not just about a man who was a basketball player, this is about a father, this is about a leader, this is about a filmmaker, this is about an artist, this is about somebody who was so much more than just how he was on the court," Garcetti later told the LA Times. The other victims of the crash were John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, and Ara Zobayan, the pilot. Read more: Kobe Bryant's body has been returned to his family, who can now organize a funeral for him and Gianna LeBron James gave a loving eulogy to his 'brother' Kobe Bryant before the Lakers first game since tragic helicopter accident Kobe Bryant, 41, dies in helicopter crash in Calabasas, California Lakers fans paid tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant by leaving more than 1,300 basketballs outside the Staples Center Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Apple forever changed the biggest tech event of the year by not showing up
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
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