The Los Angeles Lakers paid tribute to their longtime legend Kobe Bryant during a pre-game ceremony on January 31st. Friday's event was mostly led by LeBron James, who chose to forgo a written script and speak "straight from the heart." The only time James referenced the script was to accurately read the names of all nine victims who perished in the fiery helicopter crash - one of which was Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
James and his fellow Lakers chose to view the night as a celebration. Their team's efforts did not go unnoticed by Kobe's wife, Vanessa.