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Lakers Honor Kobe Bryant with Statue at Crypto.com Arena

The Los Angeles Lakers paid tribute to one of their most cherished icons, Kobe Bryant, by unveiling a striking bronze statue outside the Crypto.com Arena in downtown Los Angeles. This statue now stands alongside those of other Lakers legends like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Shaquille O’Neal, serving as a permanent reminder of Bryant's indelible mark on the team and the city. The unveiling ceremony, held on February 8, 2024, was a celebration of Bryant's life and achievements rather than a sad remembrance of his tragic passing in a helicopter crash four years prior. Speakers at the event, including Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, Bryant's former coach Phil Jackson, teammate Derek Fisher, and Abdul-Jabbar, shared heartfelt memories of Bryant both on and off the court. Notably...