Usher, Wiz Khalifa and More Honor Kobe Bryant

Rucuss staffFebruary 2, 2020

Friends and fans gathered at L.A.’s Staples Center to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant before the start of the Los Angeles Lakers-Portland Trail Blazers game on Feb.1.

It was the Lakers’ first game back since the untimely death of the NBA legend. Bryant, his 13-year old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven other passengers died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

Before the game, Usher performed a moving rendition of “Amazing Grace” while standing in front of two floral arrangements with the numbers 8 and 24, Bryant’s Lakers numbers.

Just days after their Grammys tribute with Alicia Keys, Boyz II Men delivered an emotional rendition of the national anthem while wearing Kobe Bryant #8 shirts. LeBron James was seen wiping away tears alongside his teammates before addressing the crowd with a touching tribute to Bryant.

“Now I know at some point we will have a memorial for Kobe, but I look at this as a celebration tonight,” said James. “This is a celebration of the 20 years of the blood, the sweat, the tears, the broken down body, the getting up, the sitting down, the countless hours, the determination to be as great as he could be. Tonight we celebrate the kid who came here at 18 years of age, retired at 38, and became probably the best dad that we’ve seen over the last three years.”

During halftime, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth performed their chart-topping collaboration “See You Again.”

“Rest in peace to the late great Kobe Bryant,” said Wiz at the end of the performance. “Peace and blessings to his entire family. His legacy is gonna be remembered. We love you, Kobe.”


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