“Honoring Kobe Bryant: Unveiling of Iconic Statue”

Kobe Bryant statue pays homage to legacy and his 81-point game. Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Lakers honored Kobe Bryant by unveiling a 19-foot bronze statue outside their arena. Weighing 4,000 pounds, the statue captures Bryant in his iconic moment, raising his right index finger after his legendary 81-point performance in 2006. The unveiling ceremony marked Bryant as the seventh Lakers icon to receive such recognition. Vanessa Bryant revealed plans for two additional statues, one featuring Bryant in his No. 24 jersey and another depicting him alongside his daughter, Gianna. The ceremony, attended by Lakers legends and season ticket holders, featured heartfelt speeches from Vanessa Bryant, team owner Jeanie Buss, former teammates Derek Fisher and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and longtime coach Phil Jackson. Reflecting on Bryant’s enduring legacy, speakers highlighted his exceptional sports achievements and timeless values, inspiring others to strive for excellence. Despite his passing in 2020, Bryant’s impact remains profound in Los Angeles, evident through numerous public murals honoring him and his daughter.

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