City of LA Announces Massive Kobe Bryant Memorial Service

A public memorial for Kobe Bryant is happening at Staples Center on February 24th

From the LA TImes

The event will capweeks of tributesacross the city following the Jan. 26 crash that killed the Lakers icon, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, as well as parents, coaches and players on Bryant’s Mamba Academy basketball team.

People converged for a week after the fatal crash, gathering at L.A. Live and Staples Center — where the Laker became a basketball legend — to grieve. Fans from around the globe have also trekked to the crash site in Calabasas to pay their respects. On Friday before a game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Lakers put on an emotional tribute at Staples Center led by LeBron James.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said last week amemorialwas in the works.

Details for the event (which will be massive) are still being worked out

Planning for the massive event is underway. Staples Center has previously hosted memorials for artists Michael Jackson andNipsey Hussle. Information about timing and tickets for the ceremony was not immediately available. With limited seating, however, entry is expected to be severely restricted, sources say.

The date was selected after discussions with Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, the Lakers organization and Staples. One source said there will be no procession, and the event will conclude in time to allow a previously scheduled Clippers game against the Memphis Grizzlies to go forward in the evening. The memorial will fall between two Lakers home games, one against the Boston Celtics and another against the New Orleans Pelicans.

If you missed the Lakers video tribute from earlier in the month - grab a tissue and watch below

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