Today is a somber day in the city of Los Angeles and beyond. At STAPLES Center, Vanessa Bryant and their family celebrated Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s life through a public memorial.
Among those in attendance were those closest to Kobe, like Phil Jackson, Magic Johnson, Jeannie Buss, Derek Fisher, Lamar Odom, Byron Scott, Brian Shaw, Lisa Leslie and others like SHAQ, Jennifer Lopez, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Coach Gregg Popovich, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and more.
Vanessa and Michael Jordan were those who spoke to honor the Black Mamba and Gigi and their heartfelt speeches were heartbreaking to hear. MJ even broke down and started crying, joking by saying he’s not ready to see the next meme because of it.
You can watch the highlights below. Grab some tissue because things might get emotional.
Rob Pelinka was texting Kobe the morning of the crash.
Mamba was trying to get a friend’s daughter an internship with a baseball agency.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 24, 2020
“He was giving me the blueprint. He was giving Gigi the same blueprint.”
Sabrina Ionescu on Kobe and Gianna Bryant. pic.twitter.com/2nBSuCZUuf
— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 24, 2020