February 24, 2020
The Los Angeles Lakers are honoring the life of Kobe Bryant on Monday with a memorial celebration at the Staples Center, where the late NBA star built a legacy including five NBA championships over his 20-year career.
The date — 2/24 — was chosen to symbolize the basketball jersey numbers worn by Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who were among nine people killed in the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on a Jan. 26.
Live coverage of the event, which begins at 1 p.m. EST, can be viewed in the stream below.
Bryant, a native of Lower Merion, was laid to rest Feb. 7 at a cemetery in Southern California. Over the past month, the NBA community and fans around the world have mourned the loss of one of basketball's greatest ambassadors.
The celebration on Monday has featured emotional speeches from Vanessa Bryant, Jimmy Kimmel and others in the basketball world who saw Bryant's competitive fire lift him to NBA greatness.
Tickets for Monday's event were sold at prices ranging from $24.02 to $224, again in honor of Bryant and his daughter. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation. The arena has a capacity of about 20,000 people for non-sports events, including previous memorials for musicians Michael Jackson and Nipsey Hussle.
Those who wish to pay tribute to Bryant can make donations to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.