The memory of Kobe Bryant is being honored by the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have just announced that they will unveil a Kobe Bryant Statue at Crypto.com Arena, forever memorializing the Black Mamba.
The news was shared by Vanessa Bryant in a video on the basketball team’s Instagram page. The unveiling of the statue, dedicated to her late husband, is scheduled for February 8, 2024.
Vanessa states in the video that Kobe spent his entire 20-year NBA career as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. She highlights his strong connection to the city and the Lakers organization, where he felt at home while playing in the City of Angels.
Vanessa expresses her deep honor on behalf of herself, her daughters, and the Lakers organization. The Kobe Bryant Statue at Crypto.com is the perfect location being in the heart of Los Angeles, symbolizing Kobe’s impact on the team and the city. The statue’s unveiling will take place in front of the iconic area.
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She invites everyone to join the celebration, extending her hope to see them there. The caption accompanying the post reads, “Kobe’s legacy immortalized 2•8•24.”
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, in January 2020. Along with them, seven other passengers and the pilot also lost their lives in the crash.
Kobe wore the Lakers jersey numbers 8 and 24, while Gianna wore the number 2 for her basketball games. This significance is reflected in the chosen date of the statue unveiling, 2/8/24.
The announcement of the Kobe Bryant Statue at Crypto.com Arena comes a day after what would have been Kobe’s 45th birthday. Vanessa honored her late husband on Instagram by sharing a collection of throwback pictures.
These images include moments from their time at the Oscars following Kobe’s historic win in 2018, snapshots from their date nights, and appearances on the red carpet.
Among these, some of the most heartfelt photos capture Vanessa affectionately kissing her husband. The outpouring of birthday love for Kobe is evident in the comments, as Vanessa’s well-known friends leave touching messages on the post.
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