Thousands of fans on Monday poured into the Staples Center to remember the lives of late NBA star Kobe Bryant , his daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a helicopter crash last month in an emotional ceremony that spoke to the legendary Laker's outsize impact on Los Angeles, the basketball world and the culture at large. His wife, Vanessa, spoke publicly for the first time since her husband and daughter's death. She fought back tears when speaking about the loss of her young daughter. I'll never get to see my baby girl walk down the aisle, have a father-daughter dance with her daddy, have babies of her own," she said. She also remembered Kobe, who she was married to for 20 years.
Michael Jordan: "When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died"
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In , I was a lanky awkward freshman in high school, obsessively shooting night after night in my driveway. On a few lucky occasions, my dad would come home from work, he was a metal sheet worker in Los Angeles. Watching Kobe play the Great Western Forum as a rookie made this little girl believe she could be a Laker one day. It was like getting to know myself every single day. He made it okay to play with an edge that borderlined crazy. Early onset Mamba mentality was in full effect. His competitive fire ran through his veins, just like many of us today. Every single workout, I end the same way with the Kobe game-winner. Three hard dribbles going right. Left foot plant pivot.
Loved ones are gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles today to pay tribute to the Los Angeles Lakers legend and his year-old daughter, who lost their lives last month in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. Kobe and Gianna were two of nine people who passed away in the tragic crash on Jan. Today, Feb.
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