Lakers pay emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (right) and his daughter, Gianna, perished in a helicopter crash last Sunday.

Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were remembered by the Lakers family on Friday night before their game against the Portland Trailblazers.

The Los Angeles Lakers honour Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi by covering the courtside seats they occupied with flowers. (Photo:

Current Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James led the tributes to the five-time NBA winner, who perished in a helicopter crash last Sunday along with his daughter and seven others. Their deaths plunged the world into mourning.

The Lakers hold each other close during a performance by Usher on a night the organisation honoured the life of Kobe Bryant at Staples Center. (Photo: Los Angeles Times)

Singer Usher got things going with a deep and soulful rendition of Amazing Grace followed by a video of Kobe speaking about his time with the Lakers. Boyz II Men later sang the national anthem.

The fans at the Staples Center, along with the players, were in an emotional state with some teary-eyed during the 24-second moment of silence that was done for Kobe and the rest of the deceased.

The jerseys of Kobe and his daughter were also placed in courtside seats to mimic them watching their final game. The Lakers players also came out in jerseys with Kobe’s numbers during warm-up while the KB logo was emblazoned on the floor of the arena.