The world is about to witness a moment that will etch itself into the annals of history – the unveiling of a long-awaited tribute to the late Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant. Vanessa Bryant, the wife of the five-time champion, shared a video from the heart of the Lakers facility, announcing the much-anticipated date of the statue’s unveiling – February 8, 2024.
“As you know, Kobe played his entire 20-year NBA career as a Los Angeles Laker,” said Vanessa Bryant in a video posted at 8:24 Thursday morning. “Since arriving in this city and joining the Lakers organization, he felt at home here, playing in the City of Angels. On behalf of the Lakers, my daughters and me, I am so honored that, right in the center of Los Angeles, in front of the place known as the house that Kobe built, we are going to unveil his statue so that his legacy can be celebrated forever.”
The significance of this date runs deep. A symbolic choice, as Kobe wore both the numbers 8 and 24 during his illustrious career. A fitting homage, considering that his daughter, Gigi, donned the number 2, weaving a beautiful tapestry of familial connection.
Kobe’s legacy immortalized.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 24, 2023
The news of the statue’s impending unveiling resonates with fans who have long yearned for a permanent tribute to the basketball titan. The tragic helicopter crash in January 2020 took Kobe and his daughter Gigi away, leaving a void that can never be filled. But now, the world is set to witness a celebration that will honor their everlasting influence on the game.
This unveiling ceremony is bound to be an emotional rollercoaster. As the fans gather and emotions surge, the air will be filled with memories, cheers, and a sense of gratitude for Kobe Bryant’s legacy.