On Friday night, Lebron James and the LA Lakers took center stage at Staples Center to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others.
Fans filled the Staples Center with chants of “M-V-P, and Gi-gi”. The organizers had laid Jerseys for Kobe (No. 24) and his daughter Gianna (No. 2) over the same seats the father and daughter occupied almost a month ago at their last Staples Center visit.
The Lakers’ tribute to Kobe Bryant began with a performance of “Amazing Grace” by Usher.
Usher performs “Amazing Grace” during the Lakers’ tribute to Kobe. pic.twitter.com/NV88OpW5Uq
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Cellist Ben Hong then accompanied clips of Kobe speaking about his amazing career and his wonderful life as a husband and a father to his four girls
Now some clips of Kobe’s inspirational moments while the LA Phil’s Ben Hong plays the cello. pic.twitter.com/hGqgydNvdg
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After Boyz II Men sang the national anthem, LeBron James came to the center of the court and gave a heartfelt speech: