Kobe Remembrance

The NBA mourns the Death of Kobe and Gigi Bryant

Connor Parrish, Sports Editor

With the passing of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, many people have done things to remember the two. Athletes have written their thoughts on social media people around the world have created makeshift memorials to remember the former National Basketball Association (NBA), player.

Many people took to Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms to honor the Bryants. NBA players posted pictures with the former Lakers star, along with photos of him and his daughter. Most posts, however, consisted of heartwarming messages about how James inspired and changed lives forever. 

LeBron James, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, wrote a post about the former Lakers player. The two became close friends after playing USA basketball together and interacting with each other on and off the court. 

“I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation it’s my responsibility to put this s@#% on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got us here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother,” James said in a post on Twitter.  

On the day of Bryant’s death, the Grammys were hosted at the Staples Center, where the Lakers play. During the Grammys, the arena hung Kobe’s retired jerseys in the rafters. In addition, the Staples Center changed their lights to purple and gold to remember the impact he had on the Lakers. The next day, people from Los Angeles made a makeshift memorial with flowers, shoes, notes, and paintings to remember Kobe. People around Los Angeles also painted memorials on buildings of the Bryants.

His death also had a large impact in the basketball league, with many teams taking an eight-second violation and a 24-second shot clock violation in honor of Bryant. 

Many basketball players also changed their jersey numbers to remember the two. Players like Joel Embiid changed his number to 24 to honor the NBA player. Others including Trae Young changed their jersey to number 8 for the game against the Washington Wizards. Other teams are considering retiring numbers 24 and 8, including the Dallas Mavericks. Mark Cuban announced they would make the switch earlier in the month. 

Gianna also had memorials. During the UConn and Women, USA basketball exhibition game put a number two UConn jersey in honor of Gigi with flowers surrounding it. Gigi’s dream was to play at UConn for college basketball, and two was her favorite number. 

Kobe was one of the most influential NBA players in history and Gigi could have been one of the most influential WNBA players. They may be gone but they will never be forgotten.