Tributes to Kobe Bryant do not cease around the world, more than a week after his death by helicopter accident. One of the last tributes was given in the Super Bowl. Before starting the game, Demi Lovato moved with his interpretation of the United States anthem. The American singer-songwriter of Mexican origin demonstrated extraordinary vocal rank and impeccable control and was applauded vigorously minutes after tribute was paid to basketball player Kobe Bryant, her daughter Gianna, 13, and the other seven people killed aboard her helicopter last Sunday in Los Angeles.
But the most emotional are those of his relatives: “Seeing my baby smile and be happy again with a basketball under my arm, wrapped in love just comforted my heart ” , Vanessa Bryant has written on Instagram, the social network she uses to send messages. Since the death of his Kobe and his daughter he has not made public appearances again
In Italy, NPC Rieti Pallacanestro, a team in which the American Kobe Bryant played in his youth, will honor on Wednesday the memory of the basketball star, tragically deceased at 41 in a helicopter accident, with an event scheduled for Wednesday which was called the “Kobe Night”.
Kobe Bryant started playing basketball in Italy because his father, Joe Bryant, competed in those years in the Italian league, and Rieti, who considers the Black Mamba as his “adopted son” will retire on Wednesday shirt number 24. NPC Rieti Pallacanestro announces that the ‘Kobe Night’ will be held in the match of February 5 at 9:00 p.m. (20:00 GMT), on the occasion of the twenty-second league day between the Zeus Energy Group Rieti and the Givova Scafati “, reads in the statement provided by the Italian team, which plays in the second division.
“Rieti will remember his adopted son with a ceremony that will have its summit with the collation of the Lakers jersey number 24 on the roof of the historic PalaSoujourner arena, the field in which Kobe had his first experience as a player, following in the footsteps of the father, “he adds.
Kobe Bryant, winner of five NBA titles and 18 times “All Star”, lost his life on January 26 with one of his daughters, Gianna Maria, 13, and seven other people in a helicopter crash in the Calabasas area, about 50 kilometers northwest of Los Angeles.
The American legend grew in his youth in Italy and, between 1984 and 1991, he wore the Rieti, Reggio Calabria and Pistoia shirts, before starring in a glorious NBA race, all with the Lakers’ shield.
“The NPC Rieti Pallacanestro communicates that the ‘Kobe Night’ will be held in the match of February 5 at 9:00 p.m. (20:00 GMT), on the occasion of the twenty-second league day between the Zeus Energy Group Rieti and the Givova Scafati”, It is read in the statement provided by the Italian team, which plays in the second division.