The 2020 NBA All-Star Game was full of various tributes to Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on January 26th. Before the contest tipped off, TNT played a video tribute to the Lakers legend’s career which was produced by Dr. Dre. The montage focuses on Bryant’s accomplishments on the court during his 20 year career, in which he won five NBA championships.
Fans on social media loved the video.
“Such a badass tribute! The game, the players, and the fans will never forget what Kobe did to it. How he inspired so many but most importantly his family, his daughter Gigi. Souls gone too soon. Ball in heaven. Mamba out,” one said.
“Got that California Love beat in there! Kobe is a Legend worldwide, but he’s an LA Icon. The city has a large void without him and Gianna. Forever enshrined in our hearts and our memories,” another wrote.
“Great tribute! As a forever Lakers fan and Kobe fan, brought tears back to my eyes again. All those memories of shared times together. We’ll always miss you Mamba and Mambacita. You inspired us all,” a third commented.
After the video aired, Magic Johnson made an emotional speech about Bryant.
“We’ll never see another basketball player quite like Kobe, scoring 81 points in one game, scoring 60 points in his last game, and then, winning five NBA championships. But what I’m really proud about when we think about Kobe Bryant… he was passionate about being a great father, husband, filmmaker — young man won an Oscar — so we all are hurting,” he said. “This is a tough time for the whole NBA family, and if I can get you all to rise right quick.”
Last week, Kobe’s wife Vanessa shared an update with fans on her difficult mourning process.
“I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live.”
“Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri. I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this. God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all.”