- One year ago today, Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gigi, and seven others were killed in a tragic helicopter crash.
- Athletes, teams, and leagues have found ways to remember the late Lakers legend and Gigi – a future basketball star in her own right – ever since.
- Here’s how Kobe and Gigi Bryant have been honoured across the sports world in the year since their untimely death.
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On January 26, 2020, the world lost one bona fide legend and another still to come.
Photos of Kobe and Gigi Bryant show how the father-daughter duo shared a deep love for the game of basketball
That morning, Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gigi, and seven others died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California.
Here’s how the sports world has commemorated “The Black Mamba” and “Mambacita” in the year since that unforgettably tragic day.
Immediately after the accident, former teammates, basketball titans, and superstars across the sports world took to social media to express their grief.
Michael Jordan shared a heart-wrenching statement following his protégé’s passing.
‘Words cannot describe the pain I’m feeling’: Michael Jordan shares emotional statement on the death of Kobe Bryant
And LeBron James was visibly distraught while boarding the Lakers’ team plane.
And he posted an emotional tribute to the late legend.
Later, he and Anthony Davis got matching “Black Mamba” tattoos in Bryant’s honour.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have paid tribute to Kobe Bryant with new ‘Black Mamba’ tattoos on their thighs
He even made an impassioned speech before the Lakers’ first game following Kobe’s death.
LeBron James gave a loving eulogy to his ‘brother’ Kobe Bryant before the Lakers first game since tragic helicopter accident
The Lakers’ video tribute that night left many at the Staples Centre with misty eyes.
And the franchise left two court-side seats open — with the Bryants’ jerseys draped over the backs and flowers on the seats — to honour the pair.
The LA Lakers left 2 empty seats for Kobe and Gianna Bryant, and gave out 20,000 Bryant jerseys at the emotional first game since his death
Lakers great Magic Johnson saluted both of Bryant’s jersey numbers for their beloved team — 8 and 24 — upon Kobe’s passing.
Magic Johnson paid tribute to Kobe Bryant with both of his jersey numbers. Here is the meaning behind each one.
And Lakers owner Jeanie Buss called Bryant “family.”
Lakers owner Jeanie Buss called Kobe Bryant ‘family’ in an emotional tribute and said he inspired her to be a strong female leader in the NBA
Former Lakers teammate Lamar Odom didn’t even know how to sign his own checks before Kobe taught him.
‘He taught me to sign my own checks’: Kobe Bryant’s ex-LA Lakers teammate Lamar Odom posted an extended, emotional tribute to his ‘teacher’
Shaq was gutted.
‘My spirit just left my body’: Shaquille O’Neal gives an emotional speech about teammate Kobe Bryant
And like many others, Dwyane Wade described feeling as though the Bryants’ death was a “bad dream.”
Dwyane Wade cried in an Instagram video about Kobe Bryant’s death, saying it feels like a ‘bad dream that you just want to wake up from’
Fellow NBA great Tracy McGrady recalled that Kobe used to muse about wanting to “die young.”
Tracy McGrady says Kobe Bryant used to tell him early in his career that he wanted to ‘die young’ and be ‘immortalised’
After learning of Bryant’s death while playing, Tiger Woods said it was “one of the more tragic days.”
Tiger Woods heard cheers for Kobe Bryant while playing, but did not learn of his death until after tournament
And in the following days, teams across the NBA paid tribute to “The Black Mamba” through moments of silence, special gear, and more.
NBA teams take to court and pay tribute to basketball idol Kobe Bryant with moments of silence, special gear, and letting the shot clock run out
The Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs intentionally let the shot clock run out to start their January 26 game in honour of Bryant’s No. 24 jersey.
Kobe Bryant honoured by Raptors and Spurs as they let 24-second shot clock run out at the start of their game
And gamers followed suit in “NBA 2K20.”
Gamers are paying tribute to Kobe Bryant in ‘NBA 2K20’ with custom jerseys, parades, and deliberate 24-second shot clock violations
Madison Square Garden — the most famous arena in basketball — glowed purple and gold to honour Bryant.
Fans held impromptu memorials across the country.
Photos and videos show makeshift Kobe Bryant memorials where fans are mourning the basketball legend who was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday
And his Nike merch sold out shortly after the news of his death broke.
PSG star Neymar dedicated a goal to Kobe.
Tennis star Nick Kyrgios arrived at his Australian Open match against Rafael Nadal the day after Kobe’s death wearing his No. 8 Lakers jersey.
Nick Kyrgios walked into his match against Rafael Nadal wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey, covering his face and holding back tears
And 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic teared up on the court as he reflected on Bryant’s mentorship role in his life.
Novak Djokovic got choked up at the Australian Open while discussing how he leaned on Kobe Bryant for advice
But Kobe wasn’t the only Bryant receiving tributes.
UCONN women’s basketball — the team Gigi so desperately hoped to play for someday — honoured the late 13-year-old with a jersey and flowers on their bench.
UConn Huskies pay tribute to the late Gigi Bryant during an emotional matchup against the US Women’s National Team
Her school retired her No. 2 jersey.
And Gigi became an honorary draftee — along with two of her Mamba Academy teammates who died alongside her — in the 2020 WNBA Draft.
— WNBA (@WNBA) April 17, 2020