Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna buried in a private ceremony

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna have been laid to eternal rest. Both were buried in a private ceremony on 7 February. Multiple reports confirm the event was held in Corona Del Mar, California.

According to ET, a close relative of Bryant’s widow said the secret burial arrangement was for “good reasons.”

‘Vanessa Bryant and the family needed a private service to properly mourn their loved ones,’ the source said ‘It was a hard decision. The ceremony was extremely painful and still hard to grasp that such two beautiful souls are gone forever.’

Extra TV said the funeral was held at the Pacific View Mortuary in California.

A public memorial service has been scheduled for 24 February at Staples Center, which is also home to Los Angeles Lakers.

The chosen date for Bryant’s memorial is symbolic; in his later years as a Lakers player, the basketball icon wore jersey No. 24 whereas his daughter Gianna was always excited with her No. 2.

Vanessa confirmed the public memorial on Instagram with the caption “#2, #24, #20 years as a Laker and the amount of years Kob and I were together.” She added four heart emojis to the words.

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Kobe and his daughter were among nine people who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26. They were going for her basketball practice. Gianna had dreams of playing in the WNBA and touching lives like the NBA champion.

Heart-touching tributes to Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant died alongside eight other occupants of a private holicopter, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the tragic loss has torn hearts into shreds.

The nine victims are now officially known. Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant (his 13-year-old daughter), Ara Zobayan (pilot), John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, and Sarah and Payton Chester.

Crash victims

Victims of the accident: John Altobelli, is a basketball coach for the Orange Coast Coallege Institute, died with his wife Keri Altobelli and daughter Alyssa Altobelli. Christina Mauser was Kobe’s assistant.

Barcelona held a minute’s silence during training, while the LA Lakers still haven’t put anything on their Twitter feed since Bryant’s death.

Actor and LA Lakers fan Jack Nicholson spoke about Kobe Bryant’s death.

“My reaction is the same as almost all of LA, where we think everything’s solid, there’s a big hole in the wall. I was used to seeing and talking to Kobe. It kills you. It’s just a terrible event.

“I sat right behind his jump shot on the left hand side. I can see him going up and I can tell the first instant if it’s going in.

“I remember the totality of how great a player he was. We’ll think of him all the time and we’ll miss him,” Nicholson stated.

Spanish basketball star Juan Carlos Navarro on Kobe Bryant’s death: “Yesterday was a very sad day. I prayed that it was fake news and, this morning, when I got up, I realised it wasn’t, that everything was still as sad. I still can’t believe what happened.”

The latest football club to release their condolences is Real Betis.

Zinedine Zidane has also paid tribute to Kobe Bryant.

Ricky Rubio spoke about his pain after hearing of Kobe’s death.

The conversation between the pilot of the helicopter and the control tower has some to light. Fog now seems to be the most likely cause of the accident.

Kobe Bryant dies alongside 8 others, including 13-year-old daughter

Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant has died in a plane crash.

The NBA legend who died at the age of 41 was reportedly on board a helicopter with other eight passengers during the incident which occurred at 10am near Calabasas, a location in north-west Los Angeles.

According to the UK Guardian, the helicopter crashed due to foggy weather, igniting bushfires which made it difficult for firefighters to successfully carry out rescue operations.

Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter named Giana is believed to be among the dead

Media reports confirm that Kobe preferred flying on helicopters during his lifetime to avoid the heavy traffic in Los Angeles.

 

LeBron James joins Lakers for $154 million

For a whopping $154 million, LeBron James has taken his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers in a deal that will last four years.

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Image: Kobe Bryant and LeBron James

James, 33, led Cleveland to their NBA Finals but lost to the Golden State Warriors in a dramatic fashion despite averaging a season record of 27.5 points per game.

According to Klutch Sports, Lakers are hoping to pair James with Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, including any other quality arrival currently under negotiations.

‘It is the right decision for James,’ Cris Cwik of Yahoo Sports acknowledged. ‘It’s even more appreciated that Lakers are one of NBA’s premier franchises.’

James will take away a net salary of $35 million every season. The incremental wages will reach $41 million in his fourth year with Lakers, ESPN’s Bobby Marks said.

Former NBA rival Kobe Bryant expressed joy for James’ arrival, saying “Welcome to the family…”