Watch Lakers Pay Tribute To Kobe Bryant In First Game Since Legend’s Death


For two decades, Kobe Bryant did everything he could to make the Los Angeles Lakers proud. So Friday night, prior to the Lakers playing their first game since Bryant’s devastating death, the franchise did the same.

The Lakers delivered a moving and memorable tribute to the franchise’s longtime superstar, who was killed in a helicopter crash┬áSunday.

The tribute included a 24.2-second moment of silence after Usher performed a rendition of Amazing Grace and Ben Hong played Hallelujah on the cello while an emotional video of Bryant played on the arena’s videoboard.

Chants of “M-V-P,” “KO-BE,” and “GI-GI” echoed from those in attendance. Boyz II Men sang the national anthem and Lakers forward LeBron James said a few words of his own before the tip.

In addition, both the No. 24 jersey of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna’s No. 2 uniform draped over a pair of seats. The 13-year-old Gianna was among the nine killed in the crash as well.

The organization presented 20,000 shirts to fans in attendance with each number Bryant wore — No. 8 and No. 24 — on one side of the shirt. Those shirts had the same ‘KB’ patch on it that the Lakers uniforms did.

Outside the arena there were murals where supporters could write their own messages to Bryant.

It was all in tribute to the five-time NBA champion, who, as James said, will never be forgotten.

Well done, LA.

Thumbnail photo via Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports Images

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