LA Honors Kobe Bryant with Three Statue Installations

Even after his death, one of Basketball’s most iconic figures, Kobe Bryant’s legacy continues to inspire millions of people worldwide. With that said, recently it was announced that his three statues will soon be revealed by the LA Lakers in Los Angeles near downtown.

On Thursday night, the first statue was revealed right outside the Crypto.com Arena, formerly known as the Staples Center. It is a 4,000-pound statue showing Kobe in his iconic No. 8 jersey as he walked off the court during his 81-point performance against the Toronto Raptors in 2006 while raising his index finger.

LA’s Tribute to Kobe Bryant: Three Statues Capture Basketball Greatness

The second statue of Kobe Bryant will depict him with his daughter Gianna, and the third will portray him in a No. 24 jersey.

Vanessa Bryant, his widow, publicly addressed the statue during the dedication ceremony.

Read Vanessa’s speech below-

“It goes without saying that today is an especially sad day for us since Kobe and Gigi aren’t here for what is supposed to be an incredibly joyous moment in Kobe’s legacy. I want to thank you all for being here and showing your love and support for Kobe Bryant and our family. I’m thankful for all of the fans, including those watching and supporting from home.”

“Kobe has so many people that have supported him all over the world from the very beginning. And this moment isn’t just for Kobe, but it’s for all of you that have been rooting for him all of these years. And to the fans here in LA, this is a special city Kobe Bryant was so proud to represent. You welcomed him with open arms and have been so important to him, our family and his legacy. It brings me joy to see how much love you have for all of us. We love you back.”

“I’d also like to thank Jeannie and Linda for their hard work in helping me with the statue and in making this day possible. So much goes into this process and I’m really grateful for everyone that helped make this special day happen. And for the record, Kobe Bryant picked the pose you’re about to see. So if anyone has any issues with it, tough shit. It is what it is because fans all over the world and the city of angels loved Kobe so much.”

“He will have three statues in front of the arena, also known as the house that Kobe built. One wearing the number eight, one with our beautiful daughter Gianna, and one wearing the number 24, Julia. Ronnie worked on this particular statue and did a great job of capturing the moment Kobe Bryant wanted while adding the details I requested to make it all come together. One detail you may notice on the statue is that all of our daughters’ names are tattooed on Kobe’s arm. Although some of our girls weren’t born at the time of that particular moment, that specific detail is for Kobe.’

“A few additional elements that are requested to be added to the statue are Kobe’s five championship trophies, Kobe’s career accolades, the sheath QR code to watch Kobe’s highlights pertaining to the statue on your phone, and the triangle-shaped base as a nod to Tex Winter and PJ’s triangle offense. Clearly, it was that trio’s favorite shape. As a matter of fact, Kobe and Tex spoke so much about scoring within the triangle offense that I often saw triangles in my sleep. Now you’ll get to think of them, too. Thanks PJ, Phil, Kareem, Derek, and Jeannie, you meant a whole lot to Kobe. We appreciate you for being here and sharing your memories of my husband with us today.”

“As I see today’s current generation of star players following Kobe’s footsteps with huge scoring games, I know he would take pride in knowing that he is still pouring inspiration into the game that was so special to him. I don’t want to reveal too much about the statue before you see it, so I’ll leave you with one of my husband’s amazing quotes. Leave the game better than you found it. And when it comes time for you to leave, leave a legend. And that he did.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, an American former professional basketball player praising artist’s work on Kobe’s statue said,

“This statue may look like Kobe Bryant, but really it’s what excellence looks like,”

The second statue, with his daughter, will pay homage to both Kobe Bryant and her. Both of them died in a plane crash in 2020 leaving the world shocked.

The third will depict him in the jersey number 24, which he wore in the second half of his career.

The dedication ceremony was attended by many notable personalities, including Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Elgin Baylor, to name a few.