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 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.
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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?refsrc=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?refsrc=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?refsrc=twsrc%5Etfw pic.twitter.com/loH66j7WJDTweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1223461047555674112?refsrc=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?refsrc=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?refsrc=twsrc%5Etfw 👑 x ⌚️ pic.twitter.com/IyB0KaeCx4
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