Kobe and Gianna Bryant's memorial service
In case you missed it, here are some of the key moments from today's service:
- Vanessa Bryant gave an emotional tribute to her husband and daughter. She called her husband the "MVP of girl dads" and shared moments of their love story. When remembering her daughter, Vanessa said Gigi "would have made a huge difference for women's basketball."
- Female basketball players promised to uphold Gianna's legacy. Olympic medalist Diana Taurasi and Oregon basketball player Sabrina Ionescu gave speeches honoring Gigi and the influence she would have had on the sport.
- Rob Pelinka talked about the last text he got from Kobe. Pelinka, the general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe's former manager and the godfather of Gianna Bryant, shared that the last text message her received from Kobe was asking for help to find a student an internship.
- Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera gave performances at the memorial service.
- NBA legends Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan gave tearful speeches talking about Kobe's legacy. "When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died," Jordan said. "And as I look in this arena and across the globe, a piece of you died or else you wouldn't be here."
- Geno Auriemma remembered Kobe's desire to coach. Auriemma, a coach for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team, talked about Kobe's desire to help pave the way for his daughter's success.
Large crowds gathered outside Staples Center and chanted Kobe Bryant's name after his memorial service ended.
They held replicas of his jersey and chanted "Kobe."
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Michael Enriquez, from Santa Barbara, California, has been a Kobe Bryant fan all his life and was here for his jersey retirement ceremony. The memorial today, though, was vastly different.
“The jersey retirement was like a celebration for him,” he said. “This is just heartbreaking.”
Still he said it was a great experience to be here: “I’m never gonna forget it,” he said. He brought his son Michael, Jr., who said the event want "cool."
Meanwhile, Dianna Rodriguez, pictured below, said the event gave her a sense of peace — especially because his death was bigger than basketball.
���It was a way for everyone to ... accept what happened and accept his life,” she said. “I needed it for sure. I’ve been a mess the last month.”
Stacey Lopez said Kobe’s wife Vanessa’s speech was the most meaningful. “She speaks to every mother out there, every wife out there,” she said.
The NBA just tweeted out a photo of Kobe and Gianna Bryant with a heart.
Here's the tweet:
The crowd at the Staples Center erupted with chants of "Kobe" as the memorial service for the late basketball player and his daughter came to an end.
Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" played as a number of people waited in their seats, soaking in the final moments.
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Christina Aguilera took the stage at Kobe and Gianna Bryant's memorial service to perform "Ave Maria."
The six-time Grammy Award winner received a round of applause.
Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant's teammate and NBA Hall of Famer, talked about his years playing with Bryant on the Lakers, where they won multiple championships together.
"We fought and we bantered back and forth with offhanded remarks, but make no mistakes, and you folks thought we were on bad terms, and when the cameras were turned off we would wink at each other and said, 'let's go whip some ass.'"
Shaq told the Staples Center crowd about the day Kobe "gained my respect."
"Kobe and I always maintained a deep respect and love with one another. The day Kobe gained my respect was when the guys were complaining, and they said, Kobe's not passing the ball. I said I will talk to him. I said, Kobe, there's no "I" in team, and he said, I know, but there's a "Me" in that m**********r."
Shaq said he went back and told his teammates: "Just get the rebound, he's not passing."
NBA great Michael Jordan said Kobe Bryant's death had a huge impact on him and the world.
"When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died," Jordan said. "And as I look in this arena and across the globe, a piece of you died or else you wouldn't be here."
He then made a promise to Bryant: "I promise you from this day forward I will live with the memories knowing that I had a little brother that I tried to help in every way I could. Please, rest in peace, little brother."
Michael Jordan — who cried as he gave a tribute to Kobe Bryant — joked that there will soon be another crying Jordan meme.
A picture of Jordan crying has been used to ridicule losing teams and their fans.
"We talked about business. We talked about family. We talked about everything. And he was just trying to be a better person," Jordan said of Bryant through tears.
"Now he's got me, and I'll have to look at another crying meme for the next—" he said, but was cut off from audience applause and cheers.
"I told my wife I wasn't going to do this 'cause I didn't want to see that for the next three or four years. But that is what Kobe Bryant does to me."