For the past one week, fans have been paying tribute to Kobe Bryant, his 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven others who lost their lives in a January 26 helicopter crash, by leaving mementos in the courtyard outside Staples Center. Lee Zeidman, President of the Staples Center, Microsoft Theater and L.A, Live tweeted Saturday evening and Said, “On behalf of all us who work at Staples Center, L.A. Live, thank u to those who have come downtown peacefully & respectfully to pay their respects to Kobe & Gianna Bryant and rest assured that the tributes u have left will be delivered to the Bryant family.
On behalf of all us who work @STAPLESCenter @LALIVE thank u to those who have come downtown peacefully & respectfully to pay their respects to Kobe & Gianna Bryant and rest assured that the tributes u have left will be delivered to the Bryant family pic.twitter.com/kfgp9o1BDU
— Lee Zeidman (@LeeZeidman) February 2, 2020
Many fans left candles, flowers, posters, teddy bears, pictures, and jerseys honoring the fallen Lakers icon. They also left condolence messages on several large whiteboards placed outside the facility.
Staples Center is a multi-purpose arena located in downtown Los Angeles and is situated near L.A live development and next to Los Angeles Convention Center complex along Figueroa Street. The Staples Center was opened to the public on October 17, 1999, and it offers some of the best sporting services in the greater Los Angeles region. The center is also home to the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Los Angeles Sparks.
Los Angeles Lakers the team that Kobe Bryant spent playing for two decades and fans paid an emotional, pregame tribute on Friday night. Bryant’s triumphant career and utter devotion to the game of basketball was the focus of the night.
In 2018, two years after retirement, Bryant created Mamba sports academy and won an Oscar for his animated short, Dear basketball. Kobi would spend his energy on supporting the next generation of players. This retirement chapter, and the basketball future of Gianna Bryant, was brought to an abrupt close.
According to the Los Angeles Times, LeBron James gave his classic pregame speech honoring Kobe Bryant by tossing a wrinkled piece of paper and speaking from his heart.