Vanessa Bryant announced plans for a public celebration of life for her late husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna on February 24 in a touching Instagram post on Friday. Gianna's team was coached by Bryant and was playing in the tournament.
The Staples Center, where Bryant played his home games for all but the first couple seasons of his career, was the natural choice for a venue.
In addition to the Bryants, the ceremony was expected to honor the seven others killed when the helicopter headed to a basketball tournament in Thousand Oaks crashed on a hillside in Calabasas on the morning of January 26, according to the Times.
The Staples Center marks the ideal platform to hold a ceremony remembering the life of Bryant who sealed his legacy into the National Basketball Association during his 20-year-career with the Los Angeles Lakers, where the majority of the games were played at the Staples Center which opened at the height of Bryant's career in 1999.
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That message was adhered to quickly after that by even more pictures and also video clips from the within Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, California, as pupils and also educators recognized their previous schoolmate and also pupil.
"We hope when you look at her jersey hanging in our gym, you will remember Gianna and be inspired to work hard and be passionate about whatever your interest is".
Fans mourning Bryant had made the area outside Staples a spontaneous shrine, leaving mountains of flowers along with basketballs, jerseys, stuffed animals and other mementoes.
Staples, which opened in 1999, has played host to other memorials, including for Michael Jackson and, last year, for rapper Nipsey Hussle.
The event will take place in the morning because the Clippers have a game against the Memphis Grizzlies later in the evening.