WIKI DAILY__Kobe Bryant the former Lakers captain who died in a helicopter crash alongside his beautiful daughter and seven other people has always been linked to Staples Center — little wonder the downtown arena is often called “The House That Kobe Built.”
Kobe Bryant won his first of five titles at Staples Center in 2000, few weeks after its grand opening. He made himself a name and had a career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in the building in 2006 and many more.
giving an emotional pregame tribute and saluting the future hall of famer was LeBron James, Bryant’s successor in an emotional pool referred to Kobe Bryant as a player, competitor and father.
He said to the crowd, “At some point we will have a memorial for Kobe Bryant, but I look at this as a celebration tonight,” “We are celebrating the 20 years of the blood, the sweat, the tears, the broken-down body, the sleepless nights and hard work.