The world prepares to say goodbye to Kobe & Gianna
As the NBA enters its all-star weekend there is no doubt that basketball fans are aware of the void left by the death of Kobe Bryant. Bryant played for 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers where he earned 5 NBA championships and played in 14 all-star games after being voted into 15. As a rookie, an 18 year old Kobe won the all-star’s annual dunk contest awarding him his first ever NBA trophy a mere 4 years after his first slam dunk.
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On Friday, February 14th the NBA will announce the Hall of fame class of 2020 where it’is no secret Bryant will be announced as one of the recipients. There will be more tributes to the Lakers icon and his Daughter Gianna. All-star, Lebron James will sport the number 2 in honor of Gianna Bryant, who wore the number when she played for the Mamba Academy, and Team Giannis will be wearing the number 14 in honor of Kobe. The game will be filled with tributes that the NBA is currently keeping under wraps. What is known is prior to the game it is likely that the United Center will have a moment of silence and a video tribute for Bryant. Also scheduled is Chicago native and award winning actress Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Kobe, Gianna and the 7 other victims of the now infamous January 26th Helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
On Monday February 24th The Los Angeles Lakers and the city of LA will have its own memorial dedicated to Kobe and Gianna. The memorial will be a midday event at the Staples Center now lovingly dubbed, “The House That Kobe Built.” The Bryant Memorial will be a similar format to other memorials hosted by the arena famously hosted memorials for The King of Pop Michael Jackson and Los Angeles Rapper Nipsy Hussle. Those who wish attend the Bryant Memorial may register for the onlineLottery through Ticketmaster. Lottery entries will accepted till Monday February 18th and those selected to attend will be notified on Wednesday February 10th through email.
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Grief is the price we pay when we lose someone we love