The Lakers intend to unveil a statue of the late Kobe Bryant during a ceremony at Crypto.com Arena on February 8, the team announced in a press release.
Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020. He would have turned 45 years old on Wednesday.
He spent his entire career with the Lakers, playing with the same franchise for 20 years (1996-2016) and making 18 All-Star appearances. He retired with career averages of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists.
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“As you know, Kobe played his entire 20-year career as a Los Angeles Laker,” Vanessa Bryant said in a video. “Since arriving in the city and joining the Lakers organization, he felt at home here, playing in the City of Angels. On behalf of the Lakers, my daughters and me, I’m so honored that right in the center of Los Angeles, in front of the place known as ‘The House that Kobe Built,’ we are going to unveil a statue so that his legacy can be celebrated forever. Hope to see you there.”
Kobe’s legacy immortalized.
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