Kobe Bryant memorial – What to know as the NBA world honors a legend

A memorial service celebrating the lives of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna will be held Monday, Feb. 24, at Staples Center in downtown L.A. The date reflects the basketball jersey numbers worn by Kobe (No. 24) and Gianna (No. 2).

The service will be held just under a month after Bryant, 13-year-old Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26.

Fans were asked to register to purchase tickets, and the proceeds will benefit the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.

A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant will air live on ESPN, the ESPN app and ESPN Radio at 1 p.m. ET.

The Pelicans are expected to have 3-4 players, head coach Alvin Gentry, GM Trajan Langdon and VP of business operations and player development Swin Cash attend “A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant” at Staples Center tomorrow morning in LA, @TheUndefeated has learned.

— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) February 24, 2020

Klay Thompson is also expected to be in attendance. https://t.co/8szbhfOrWN

— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) February 24, 2020

Fans with tickets please note the street closures and allow additional time to arrive. Doors open at 8am and the program will start at 10am. pic.twitter.com/uGhw48jK3w

— STAPLES Center (@STAPLESCenter) February 24, 2020

People closest to Kobe Bryant share the stories they’re looking back on ahead of Monday’s memorial.

The Lakers’ first game after Kobe Bryant’s death was full of consoling and catharsis. — Baxter Holmes

Kobe had the skill and knowledge to be any kind of player he wanted to be. — Zach Lowe

From his first NBA media day to his phenomenal final game, we reveal the untold stories behind the most legendary images of the Black Mamba.

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