LeBron Breaks Silence, New Murals, Lakers Lights: The Most LA Tributes To Kobe Bryant
It's been a day since the world learned of Kobe Bryant's passing, and comprehending the enormity of what happened hasn't seemed to get any easier.
Bryant, 41, was one of nine victims in a helicopter crash Sunday morning near Calabasas. Other victims who were identified include his 13-year-old daughter Gianna; Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa head baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa; girls basketball coach Christina Mauser; Sarah Chester and her 13-year-old daughter Payton; and helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan.
Hours after Bryant's death was reported, fans filled L.A. Live, gathered near the crash site, left flowers near landmarks and used their talents to pay homage to the star whose transcendent talent and dedication to basketball inspired people across Southern California and around the world.
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The last tweet Kobe Bryant sent was a shoutout to LeBron James, who had just passed Bryant on the NBA's all-time scoring list to take over the No. 3 spot.
"Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames," Kobe wrote Saturday night. "Much respect my brother 💪�?� #33644"
James wrote publicly about his friend's death Monday night, even while he said: "I'm Not Ready." On Instagram, said he last heard Bryant's voice Sunday morning before heading back to L.A. from Philadelphia, where he surpassed Bryant's 33,643 career points.
"I promise you I'll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛"
ON THE MARQUEE
The Theatre at the Ace Hotel
AT THE NEW LA TIMES
Patrick Soon-Shiong has been a minority owner of the L.A. Lakers since 2010. The L.A. Times owner and chief executive told KPCC's AirTalk host Larry Mantle that Bryant would hug him courtside before games for luck. Soon-Shiong tweeted this image Monday evening:
ON THE BEACH
ON THE COURT
The NBA announced that Tuesday's Clippers-Lakers game has been postponed.
ON THE CORNER
By Monday morning, a new mural featuring an illustration of Bryant and his daughter adorned the side of the Pickford Market at the corner of Pickford Street and Vineyard Avenue.
Another mural of Bryant and his daughter is in the works at VEM Exotic Rentals on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City.
ON THE FLAGPOLES
Mayor Eric Garcetti also ordered flags to be flown at half-mast to honor the victims of the crash.
ON THE WALK OF FAME
ON THE BUILDINGS
Some of L.A.'s most well-known landmarks were illuminated in Lakers' purple and gold lights.
Los Angeles City Hall
Wilshire Grand Building
Petersen Automotive Museum
IN THE FOUNTAINS
IN THE SKIES
ON THE PIER
Pacific Wheel at Santa Monica Pier
Fans were still showing up at Staples Center on Monday. Tessie Buckles, 74, said she rode the bus and walked five miles to get downtown. To her, Bryant was like a son, and when she found out about his death, and she kept "crying and crying and crying."
Mariana Dale contributed to this report.
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