The heartfelt comments from Michael Jordan, the relatively media-shy billionaire owner of the Charlotte Hornets, were a poignant highlight of the two-hour ceremony.
The "Celebration of Life" memorial at the Staples Center, Bryant's home arena during most of his storied 20-season career with the Los Angeles Lakers, featured an emotional address by Bryant's widow Vanessa, who started dating Kobe when she was 17.
In 2018, Sandhu represented India at NBA Global Camp before playing in third NBA Academy Games in Atlanta, the USA, and being picked up for basketball Without Borders Asia Camp in Japan.
The Lakers had their share of skeptics at the start of the season. How would Frank Vogel, in his first season on the job, handle things? Was LeBron James washed up because of injuries? How would he mesh with Anthony Davis?
Kobe Bryant, an 18-time All-Star who won a record-tying four All-Star Game MVP awards, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on January 26.
A “limited number of tickets” will be on sale to the public on Tuesday for as much as $224 (Approx. ₹16k) each ahead of the Feb. 24 event at Staples Center, according to a Friday news release from the Lakers.
The January 26 crash occurred in cloudy conditions and the "investigative update" from the NTSB reinforces the notion the pilot became disoriented and crashed while trying to get to clear skies around Calabasas.
According to Nielsen, the Bryant pregame ceremony averaged 5.23 million viewers. The audience peaked at 6.07 million between 10:45 p.m. and 11 p.m
"This is a celebration of the 20 years of the blood, the sweat, the tears, the broken-down body, the getting back up -- the determination to be as great as he could be," LeBron James said of Kobe Bryant.
Spotlights shone on the empty seats set aside for Kobe Bryant and his daughter. He had a black-and-white Mamba jersey and hers had a No. 24 jersey.
Bryant, who was the fourth-leading scorer in league history, was an 18-time All-Star selection and won a record-tying four-time All-Star Game MVP
Vanessa Bryant also made her Instagram page public when she released the new profile picture. She had set her account to private after the crash.
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Bryant was accused of and charged with sexual assault in 2003, but the charge was dropped after the accuser refused to testify. He later settled a civil suit with the accuser.
As the NBA was desperate for a new face to represent a diversifying league without Michael Jordan in his prime, Bryant did more than any other U.S. player to fill that void.
Kobe Bryant’s sessions with reporters could be combative and obscure — he once compared his urgent, clamorous need to shoot to a city’s fight against crime — but they could also be honest and piercing, and the uncertainty could make performance art of such encounters.
The Los Angeles Lakers game against the Los Angeles Clippers scheduled for Tuesday at Staples Center has been postponed following the death of Kobe Bryant.
There’s a reason why ‘Kobe-ing’ became a phenomenon. Jump up, shoot and yell “Kobe!”; be it a solitary game of hoops or a crunched up paperball hurled towards the waste basket. If it went in, all the better.
Bryant, who retired after that 2016 game, died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California, northwest of Los Angeles, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.
The players of San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors honoured the legend by forfeiting possession for the first 24 seconds of play.