Lakers to pay tribute to Kobe at Friday's game

Lakers to pay tribute to Kobe at Friday's game

The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that their first game at Staples Center since the tragic death of Kobe Bryant on Friday night will not be broadcast outside the arena as previous contests have been.

"We want to represent what Kobe was about more than anything", Vogel told reporters at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo.

Also on Wednesday, Lakers guard, Quinn Cook changed his number to honour Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

"At first, it seemed like an action of a devoted father setting an example for his daughter", the Lakers majority owner said.

"The entire Laker family mourns with you", she said.

"We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe - the incredible father of our children; and my handsome, sweet Gianna - a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and unbelievable sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri".

"My father loved you like a son, which makes us family", Buss wrote before going on to describe a lunch with Kobe and Gianna in which she found inspiration and strength to become the franchise's leader after the death of her father, Jerry.

"We are striking a balance of trying to make guys feel good", Vogel said.

Lakers to pay tribute to Kobe at Friday's game

Bryant played 20 seasons with the Lakers before retiring in 2016, three years after the death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who shepherded the National Basketball Association team to 10 championships from the Showtime dynasty of the 1980s to the Bryant era.

The Lakers were scheduled to play the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on January 28, just two days after the crash, but the game was indefinitely postponed.

"It's impossible to imagine life without them", she wrote.

Buss ended the homage to the Los Angeles Lakers legend by saying: "To learn more about how you can help the families affected by this tragedy go to and to further Kobe and Gianna's legacy in youth sports visit".

Jeanie Buss, the controlling owner and president of the Lakers, offered condolences via Instagram on Thursday to Vanessa Bryant and the couple's other three daughters: Natalia, Bianka and Capri.

The team's next scheduled home game is on January 31 against the Portland Trail Blazers.

LA has the best record in the Western Conference. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. "That really hasn't been any different the last two days".

"But we shouldn't do it any other way", he said.

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