A memorial service inside Staples Center on Monday celebrated the lives of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. The date -- Feb. 24 -- reflects the basketball jersey numbers worn by Kobe (No. 24) and Gianna (No. 2). The service was held just less than a month after Bryant, 13-year-old Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26.
more than 20,000 people -- friends, family and those who acquired tickets through a lottery (80,000 applied) -- crowded into the arena, with ticket proceeds benefiting the mamba & mambacita sports foundation.
vanessa bryant, michael jordan, shaquille o'neal and diana taurasi were among those who spoke during the memorial, while beyonce, alicia keys and christina aguilera performed.
here is how los angeles, the lakers and the nba world honored kobe and gianna bryant.
"He was my everything."— NBA TV (@NBATV)
亲友衡阳棋牌app官网Vanessa Bryant remembers Kobe at the Celebration of Life.
"Gigi would have easily become the best player in the WNBA."— NBA TV (@NBATV)
亲友衡阳棋牌app官网Vanessa Bryant remembers her daughter, Gianna.
"As I got to know him, I wanted to be the best big brother that I could be."— NBA TV (@NBATV)
Michael Jordan on Kobe Bryant.
"Now it's time for us to continue your legacy."— NBA TV (@NBATV)
亲友衡阳棋牌app官网Shaq on Kobe's impact.
"He just loved his girls and there was nothing in the world that meant more to him."— NBA TV (@NBATV)
Rob Pelinka on Kobe as a father.
"Kobe lived to make other people's lives better."— NBA TV (@NBATV)
亲友衡阳棋牌app官网Rob Pelinka remembers his friend, Kobe Bryant.
"I mean, who has a turnaround fadeaway jumper at 11? LeBron barely got it today."— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA)
-Diana Taurasi on Gianna Bryant's game
"He was giving me the blueprint. He was giving Gigi the same blueprint."— NBA TV (@NBATV)
亲友衡阳棋牌app官网Sabrina Ionescu on Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
Beyoncé opens Kobe & Gianna's Celebration of Life with one of his favorite songs.— NBA TV (@NBATV)
亲友衡阳棋牌app官网alicia keys performs her rendition of beethoven's moonlight sonata at kobe & gianna's celebration of life.— NBA TV (@NBATV)
亲友衡阳棋牌app官网the best thing i've ever witnessed! truly inspirational! rip kobe and gigi— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619)
亲友衡阳棋牌app官网that was a great celebration of life ceremony. the strength of vanessa is so remarkable. rest in peace kobe and gigi— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum)
powerful words from everyone who spoke about their relationship with kobe. we all should live to have that much impact on someone else's life as he did for many. rest easy kobe. we will all keep going. 😞🙏🏽— Justin Anderson (@JusAnderson1)
the strength vanessa bryant just showed is remarkable.— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns)
"We promise to carry Gigi's legacy."— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury)
2/24 ♾💜💛— LeBron James (@KingJames)
🙏🙏🙏— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic)
People closest to Kobe Bryant share the stories they're looking back on ahead of Monday's memorial. -- Ramona Shelburne
The morning after LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant for third in all-time scoring, on the flight home from Philadelphia, the Lakers learned of Bryant's death. -- Dave McMenamin
From the archive: ESPN writers on Kobe