Kobe Bryant’s Family To Receive Fan Tributes From Staples Center Memorial, L.A. Live Official Says

Kobe Bryant fans Fans pay their respect at a memorial for Kobe Bryant in front of Staples Center, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday 28 Jan 2020 Image ID: 10541972d Featured in: Obit-Bryant Basketball, Los Angeles, USA - 28 Jan 2020 Photo Credit: Ringo H W Chiu/AP/Shutterstock
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Over the past week, fans have been paying tribute to Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others who lost their lives in a January 26 helicopter crash, by leaving mementos in the courtyard outside Staples Center.

Now L.A. Live officials say those tributes will be delivered to Bryant’s family.

“On behalf of all us who work at Staples Center, L.A. Live, thank u to those who have come downtown peacefully & respectfully to pay their respects to Kobe & Gianna Bryant and rest assured that the tributes u have left will be delivered to the Bryant family,” Lee Zeidman, president of the Staples Center, Microsoft Theater and L.A. Live, tweeted Saturday evening.

On Friday night as the Lakers returned to the court for the first time since the crash, thousands of fans filled the area outside Staples.

Many people left candles, flowers, posters, teddy bears, pictures and jerseys honoring the fallen Lakers icon. They also left condolence messages on several large white boards placed outside the facility.

Kobe Bryant Basketball, Los Angeles, USA - 31 Jan 2020 Flowers, basketballs, sweat shirts, candles and message notes are placed at a memorial for the late Kobe Bryant near Staples Center prior to an NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday 31 Jan 2020 Image ID: 10545213t Featured in: Bryant Basketball, Los Angeles, USA - 31 Jan 2020 Photo Credit: Ringo H W Chiu/AP/Shutterstock
Fans left behind a handmade poster, flowers, candles and a basketball honoring Kobe Bryant and his daughter. Shutterstock

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was among those visiting the memorial last night. He tweeted a picture from the site and wrote: “It isn’t L.A. without you. Rest in power.”

Garcetti also shared a photo from inside Staples, that showed two courtside seats filled with red roses in honor of Kobe and Gianna. The seats were draped with Bryant’s Lakers jersey and Gianna’s basketball jersey from her dad’s Mamba Sports Academy.

Kobe Bryant Basketball, Los Angeles, USA - 31 Jan 2020 Fans gather to pay their respects at a memorial for the late Kobe Bryant near Staples Center prior to an NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday 31 Jan 2020 Image ID: 10545213l Featured in: Bryant Basketball, Los Angeles, USA - 31 Jan 2020 Photo Credit: Ringo H W Chiu/AP/Shutterstock
Thousands of fans gathered outside the Staples Center on Friday, Jan. 31, to pay their respects. Shutterstock

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