Actors And Athletes Pays Tribute To Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant! Know It All Here
The basketball legend Kobe Bryant and has 13-years-old daughter Gianna lost the lives on the helicopter crash with seven other people. This news was devastating to everyone out there including the stars and athletes. His wife Vanessa lost her husband and daughter at the same time. The couple was married for almost two decades with four beautiful daughters.
However, Vanessa has not yet come in the media after the incident, many stars and athletes paid tribute to the basketball legend, Kobe.
Stars remembered Kobe at the Grammy’s Award
On Sunday evening, the same day of the tragic death of Kobe and his daughter, there was the Grammy Awards on the Staples Center. Staples Center is the place where Lakers play and where he played his entire career. Stars remembered him at the Grammy at the place. In the event, the host Alicia Keys remembered the basketball legend saying:
“We’re all feeling crazy sadness right now. Because earlier today Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero. We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.”
Lakers shared memories with the late Kobe Bryant
After the loss of the one of the legendary basketball player, LA Lakers took a time to look back at the memories of Kobe.
After his death, all the players and coaches of the Lakers gathered for the first time at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, California, on Tuesday. At the gathering, everyone shared memorable moments with the player during his career time.
LeBron James took back to 2008, Beijing Olympics gold-medal game. At the time, the two teamed up on Team USA against Spain. He remembered that moment where Bryant blew up in few possessions into the game.
At the time, he recalled his reaction saying:
“Oh, wow, you’re going to have to play with this guy next season …”
Meanwhile, Nick Mazzella, the Lakers’ director of pro personnel also talked about his favorite moment with Bryant. He shared saying he took his then-fiancée, Susan, out to a late dinner at Benihana during one of the team’s preseason trips to Hawaii. At the time, Bryant and other team members went into the restaurant after them and waited till clearing the restaurant. At the time, one of said approaching them:
“Ma’am, do you have any idea who you are sitting next to? That’s Nick Mazzella! He’s the best guy and he’s going to go far,”
At the time, Bryant went to them introducing himself and congratulated her. He said:
“Hi, I’m Kobe. Congratulations, that’s so great. Marriage is the best. It’s such a blessing.”
Jimmy Kimmel shared a heartfelt message
The NBA player appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live 15 times in the past decade. He went on the show far more than any other night shows. No doubt Jimmy and Kobe shared a nice bond with each other. After the news of his passing away, the host shared a heartfelt message. Jimmy shared his message saying:
“Tonight’s show is going to be different from our usual show. We don’t have a studio audience here tonight because going forward with a comedy show didn’t feel right considering what happened yesterday. So I’d like to just speak to you directly.”
He also shared his personal reaction after hearing the news of Bryant, his daughter and seven other people who lost their lives on the helicopter crash. The host continued saying this was the punch in the gut for many people out there. Furthermore, he also stated:
“I know this might not make sense, but he was just the last person you could have ever imagined something like this happening to. He was so strong and handsome and smart and energetic—he was a hero.”
The host also mentioned besides basketball, he was also the superhero who was walking in between people. He also stated the NBA player came while he was in his teenage and stayed there unlike other athletes.
Source: Fox News, SI, The Daily Beast, LA Times, CNN