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Thank You Kobe: Paying Respect to an Icon at the Staples Center

Fans Honor Kobe outside the Staples Center

A sea of purple and gold stretched along the sidewalk outside the Staples Center. Purple balloons, gold flowers, Lakers jerseys of 8 and 24, hundreds of handwritten notes — all tokens of love and respect for a legend lost too soon.

Flowers and balloons filled the street outside the Staples Center to honor Kobe Bryant, his daughter and the others lost in the helicopter crash

Surrounded by flowers, a basketball, and other memorial markers, a Number 24 Jersey had a final message to the sports entertainment icon written on it with marker: “To Kobe. THANK YOU for everything that you’ve done! You will always be my MVP! Rest In Peace Forever. Kobe Bryant + Gianna Bryant”

Someone left a 24 jersey in honor of Kobe Bryant outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles

The basketball world forever changed when Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and the other basketball families passed away tragically in that horrible helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

Our Cali BBQ Media team felt it was important to make the trip from San Diego up to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles to pay our own respects to a legend who has had such an enormous impact on our lives.

We also wanted to document the outpouring of love from fans who traveled to the arena from all over the globe.

Kobe Bryant shared an all-time great mindset when he received the “Icon Award” at the ESPYS in 2016 which Brett Hagler summarized in my favorite LinkedIn post of all time “Because of 4 AM.”

A makeshift community memorial for Kobe popped up outside the Staples Center

“We’re not on this stage just because of talent or ability,” Kobe Bryant said. “We’re up here because of 4 a.m. We’re up here because of two-a-days or five-a-days.

“We’re up here because we had a dream and let nothing stand in our way. If anything tried to bring us down, we used it to make us stronger.” – Kobe Bryant

This is the #MambaMentality that will live on for eternity as well as the consistent pursuit to be the best possible #girldad to his daughters.

In Loving Memory of Kobe Bryant Memorial Outside the Staples Center

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