Los Angeles honours ‘amazing’ Kobe Bryant and daughter at public memorial

Kobe Bryant Memorial Basketball. Picture: PA

Thousands of fans gathered at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles to remember the NBA superstar and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

Kobe Bryant’s wife has offered a poignant portrait of her NBA superstar husband and their daughter at a sold-out memorial service after they were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles.

Speaking at times through tears, Vanessa Bryant praised her husband’s devotion as she addressed thousands of fans gathered at the Staples Centre to remember Bryant and 13-year-old Gianna.

“God knew they couldn’t be on this Earth without each other,” Ms Bryant said. “He had to bring them home to have them together. Babe, you take care of our Gigi.”

The service took place at the central LA arena where Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 17 seasons of his two-decade NBA career.

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