The LA Lakers left 2 empty seats for Kobe and Gianna Bryant, and gave out 20,000 Bryant jerseys at the emotional first game since his death
- NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were remembered with tributes in the first LA Lakers game since their deaths.
- They and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday.
- The Lakers played their first game sine Bryant's death on Friday at the Staples Center, against the Portland Trailblazers.
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NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were remembered with a series of tributes at the first Lakers game on Friday since their tragic death, including leaving them empty seats covered with roses.
Bryant, Gianna, and seven other passengers were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday.
All NBA games were cancelled the day of the crash after the sudden news. The Los Angeles Lakers played their first game on Friday since Bryant's death against the Portland Trailblazers.
From their memorial courtside seats to 24-second and 8-second violations to honor the NBA icon's retired numbers, here are the ways their legacy was honored at the game:
20,000 shirts with Bryant's jersey number were laid out on the seats of the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Bryant's retired jersey numbers — 8 and 24 — were up in lights for the game.
The Lakers wore purple warm-ups with Bryant's jersey.
Usher sang an emotion-laden rendition of "Amazing Grace" to start off the game.
A tribute video was played to honour Bryant's legacy.
Boyz II Men performed the National Anthem.
LeBron James gave a heartfelt eulogy to his "brother" Kobe Bryant.
All five starters, still wearing their Bryant-inspired warmups, were announced as "6-6 out of Lower Merion High School...Kobe Bryant."
Several team members engraved messages on their shoes for both Kobe and Gigi.
Kobe's numbers and initials made an appearance on the floor of the court itself.
Bryant's jersey number could be seen in even the most minute details
The Lakers took a 24-second violation and the Blazers took an 8-second violation to honor Bryant's two jersey numbers at the start of the game.
The Lakers coaches all wore Kobe Nike shoes.
Singer Charlie Puth and rapper Wiz Khalifa performed "See You Again" during halftime.
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