UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — American basketball legend Michael Jordan recalled with tears and emotions his “brother” Kobe Bryant at a mass memorial service Monday to pay tribute to former Lakers star and daughter Gianna who died in a helicopter crash last month.
“When Kobe Bryant died, part of me died with him, and when I look at (the faces in) this hall, around the world, (I see) part of you is also dead,” said Jordan, allowing tears to be affected during the ceremony.
“I promise you from today on, I will live with memories and know that I had a younger brother,” said the player, widely regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time.
The ceremony was titled “A Celebration of Life for Cuban and Gianna Bryant” and was held in the Stables Center in Los Angeles, where Bryant star brightened for two decades during which he became one of the most prominent names in the history of basketball, and created golden periods for the Lakers who did not know others in his career Professionalism.
The date of February 24 (2-24) was chosen for his symbolism, as he combined the number that Bryant wore most of his career (24) with the number that his daughter wore (2).
Bryant, 41, and Gianna, 13, were among nine people who died when a helicopter they were on board crashed in California on January 26.
Bryant knew of a team other than the Lakers in a march that spanned the years 1996 and 2016, during which he became one of the best players in the history of the Professional League. The player won the title “NBA” five times, and was named the best player in the league for the year 2008, and the best player in the all-star game four times.
Also with tears, Bryant’s widow Vanessa followed an influential word, in which she spoke of the difficulty of life without her late husband and daughter.
“God only knows that they were not able to live on this land far from each other,” she said with impression that she would not have the opportunity to see her daughter celebrate her wedding day “or dance with her father.”
The memorial ceremony was attended by many stars from various fields, such as Shaquille O’Neal, a former fellow of Bryant in the Lakers, and director Spike Lee who was a close friend of Bryant, and rapper Snoop Dogg. It was punctuated by the lyric stations of the two stars Alicia Keys and Beyonce who said “I am here because I love Kobe”.
The party, which lasted approximately two and a half hours, was attended by about 20,000 fans of the Lakers, most of whom wore the yellow and purple shirt of the team, which bore the name and number on its back.
“Kobe used to mean everything to this city and me (…) I saw him playing from the beginning,” said cheerleader Karen Sanchez, 41, told AFP as she waited with her friends to enter the concert hall.
As for Marcos Rojas, who held a seasonal card to attend the Lakers games, he saw that Bryant’s death “was to me a loss like a friend.”
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