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LOOK: Ex-Lakers star Gasol celebrates birthday with Kobe’s kids

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:39 PM

Pau Gasol celebrates his 40th birthday without his partner-in-crime Kobe Bryant

UNCLE PAU. Pau Gasol (right) spends time with Bianka Bryant on his 40th birthday. Photo from Vanessa Bryant's Instagram

Kobe Bryant honored on 'NBA 2K21' 'Mamba Forever' edition

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:01 AM

The late Lakers star makes a return to the NBA 2K cover

Photo from Twitter/NBA2K

Kobe Bryant pilot trying to clear fog before chopper crash – probe

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:19 AM

A partial transcript of communications between the pilot and air traffic control reveals an attempt to climb 4,000 feet before the helicopter crashed

ICON. The death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant shocked fans worldwide. File photo by Adam Davis/EPA-EFE

Kobe Bryant's induction to Hall of Fame postponed

May 28, 2020 - 3:09 PM

NBA great Kobe Bryant and the rest of the basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020 will be honored next year due to virus fears

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 14, 2009 Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles on court in the closing moments of Game 5 in the NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. - NBA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash in suburban Los Angeles, celebrity website TMZ reported, saying five people are confirmed dead in the incident. (Photo by STAN HONDA / AFP)

Kobe Bryant items fetch premium prices

May 22, 2020 - 10:04 AM

A handprint of the NBA legend has been auctioned off 18 times more than its presale estimate

TIMELESS. Kobe Bryant memorabilia have been fetching jaw-dropping auction prices. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe Bryant chopper crash pilot had no drugs in system – autopsy

May 16, 2020 - 1:58 PM

Investigation shows Kobe Bryant had injuries to nearly his entire body that were 'rapidly if not instantly fatal'

HEARTBREAKING. NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and 8 others perished in the January chopper crash.  EPA-EFE/ADAM S DAVIS

Sports Academy drops 'Mamba' name out of respect for Kobe

May 13, 2020 - 10:02 AM

The Mamba Sports Academy says Kobe Bryant's legacy should live 'on its own'

LEGEND. Kobe Bryant has been inducted to basketball's 2020 Hall of Fame last April. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA-EFE

Vanessa Bryant sues LA County sheriff over Kobe crash site photos

May 09, 2020 - 12:47 PM

Eight sheriff's department deputies allegedly shared graphic photos of the scene at the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant

MOURNING. Vanessa Bryant seeks damages for emotional distress and mental anguish. File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Age-old debate: Kobe settles Jordan comparisons

May 08, 2020 - 8:28 PM

As much as Kobe Bryant created his own legend, Michael Jordan was a part of it

BROTHERLY BOND. Late NBA icon Kobe Bryant considered Michael Jordan as his "big brother." File photo by Vincent Laforet/AFP

NBA stars react to Kobe, Jordan 'problem' in 'The Last Dance'

May 04, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Episodes 5 and 6 of 'The Last Dance' draw the same hype and excitement from sports stars just like the first 4 episodes

BUILT DIFFERENTLY. Michael Jordan admits he has a "competition problem." File photo by Vincent Laforet/AFP

LOOKBACK: The day Kobe Bryant decided to 'be like Mike'

May 04, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Kobe Bryant carved out a decorated career he could call his own – one that Michael Jordan, his idol, ultimately respected

PASSING THE TORCH. As Michael Jordan (right) faded away from the NBA spotlight, Kobe Bryant (middle) established his place as one of the faces of the league. File photo by Vince Bucci/AFP

Kobe cameo, Jordan highs and lows in new 'The Last Dance' episodes

May 04, 2020 - 12:11 PM

Late NBA legend Kobe Bryant transformed from boy to man on court with the help of 'big brother' Michael Jordan

Families sue helicopter firm in Kobe Bryant crash

Apr 21, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Legal proceedings have been launched against the firms that owned and operated the doomed chopper carrying the NBA legend and 8 others

CRASH SITE. A handout photo made available by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) last January shows its investigator Adam Huray examining the wreckage of the helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. Photo from EPA-EFE/NTSB

Vanessa Bryant pays touching tribute to Kobe on wedding anniversary

Apr 19, 2020 - 10:27 AM

'Happy 19th wedding anniversary. I miss you so much. I wish you were here to hold me in your arms. I love you,' writes Vanessa Bryant

LASTING LOVE. Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa were married for 19 years. Photo from Vanessa Bryant's Instagram

Kobe Bryant showed his best self to the very end

Apr 16, 2020 - 1:41 PM

If there ever was an award for the single greatest farewell performance in all of sports, it has got to be rewarded to the Lakers legend back in 2016

#MAMBAFOREVER. Kobe Bryant walks away from the NBA with no stone left unturned on April 13, 2016. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Vanessa Bryant remembers Kobe on final NBA game anniversary

Apr 14, 2020 - 12:43 PM

'Gave it his all. All he wanted was to spend time with our girls and me to make up for lost time,' writes Vanessa Bryant on Instagram

60-POINT FINALE. Kobe Bryant ends his NBA career with a 60-point game over the Utah Jazz. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe Bryant heads 2020 Hall of Fame honorees

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:32 AM

Joining the late Kobe Bryant in 'one of the most historic' classes are three-time NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan and 15-time NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the first half against the Boston Celtics in Game Two of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images/AFP

LOOKBACK: Why did Kobe Bryant win only one MVP in 20 years?

Apr 03, 2020 - 5:17 PM

Check out why Kobe Bryant, one of the most prolific superstars the NBA has ever seen, only bagged the league's highest individual honor once

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on in the first half while taking on the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 10, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant towel fetches $33,000 at auction

Mar 30, 2020 - 3:46 PM

Late basketball great Kobe Bryant wore the towel over his shoulders during his farewell speech after his final NBA game

MAMBA OUT. Kobe Bryant memorabilia have increased in price since his death. File photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA-EFE

NFL star changes jersey to No. 24 in tribute to Kobe Bryant

Mar 23, 2020 - 4:42 PM

Defensive back Darius Slay will start his stint for the Philadelphia Eagles with a new jersey number after wearing No. 23 during his first 7 seasons in the NFL

HONORING A LEGEND. Darius Slay pays homage to the "greatest of all time" Kobe Bryant. Photo from Instagram/@bigplayslay23

Vanessa Bryant 'devastated' by claim deputies shared crash site photos

Mar 02, 2020 - 12:38 PM

The widow of Kobe Bryant asked officials on the day of the crash that killed her husband to declare the area a no-fly zone to guard against photographers

GONE TOO SOON. Vanessa Bryant lost her husband Kobe and daughter Gianna to a helicopter crash. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Kobe Bryant memorabilia items to go on auction block

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:07 AM

A worn Lakers championship jersey and a pair of autographed shoes are among the Kobe Bryant memorabilia that will be up for sale

MEMENTO. The Lakers retired Kobe Bryant's jersey numbers 8 and 24. Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Bad taste? Kobe-Gigi memorial souvenir prices soar on eBay

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:59 AM

Just a day after Kobe Bryant’s public memorial, some people already want to make a quick buck

 Rachel Luna/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: World says goodbye to Kobe Bryant in LA memorial

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:42 AM

Family, friends and NBA greats honor Kobe and Gianna Bryant in an emotional public memorial

MEMORIES. Laughter and tears flow in ‘A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant.’ Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA-EFE

LOOK: NBA stars pour in more tributes during Kobe-Gigi memorial

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:23 PM

The NBA still continues to commemorate the deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna

TRIBUTE. Kobe Bryant (right) and Gianna Bryant are remembered by NBA greats. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

No 'I' in 'team': Shaq shares how Kobe gained his respect at memorial

Feb 25, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Shaquille O’Neal shares how their rivalry throughout the years brought out the best in both of their games

RIVALRY. Shaquille O'Neal tells the story of how Kobe Bryant gained his respect. Photo by Francis Specker/EPA-EFE

Jordan jokes about crying meme in candid Kobe eulogy

Feb 25, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Despite being pitted against each other due to their matching style of play and dogged mentality, Michael Jordan says he treated Kobe Bryant as his 'little brother'

LEGEND TO LEGEND. Retired NBA great Michael Jordan cries as he speaks during the "Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant" service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Photo Frederic J. Brown/AFP

LOOK: Beyonce kicks off LA memorial for Kobe Bryant and daughter

Feb 25, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Beyonce and several other stars honor Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi in a heartfelt tribute

LOVED KOBE. Beyonce sings Kobe Bryant's favorite songs of the 70-time Grammy-nominated artist. Screenshot from Youtube

WATCH: LeBron keeps Kobe jersey in Lakers locker

Feb 25, 2020 - 12:55 PM

LeBron James grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant before the two faced off in countless NBA wars and won back-to-back Olympic gold medals for Team USA

MAMBA MENTALITY. Kobe Bryant is being used as inspiration by the Lakers in their title push in the NBA. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

'He was my everything', says Vanessa Bryant in tribute to Kobe

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:09 AM

'I'll never get to see my baby girl walk down the aisle, have a father-daughter dance with her daddy,' says Vanessa Bryant in an emotional speech

'MY EVERYTHING'. Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant speaks during the "Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant" service at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles on February 24, 2020. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Tearful Michael Jordan commemorates 'little brother' Kobe Bryant

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:55 AM

'When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died, and as I look in this arena, across the globe, a piece of you died,' says NBA great Michael Jordan

epaselect epa08245204 Former NBA player and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan cries as he talks about NBA Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna's memorial service 'A Celebration of Life: Kobe and Gianna Bryant' at Staple Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, 24 February 2020. Bryant, his daughter Gianna 'Gigi' Bryant, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Alyssa Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, John Alobelli, Christina Mauser, and helicopter pilot, Ara Zobayan died in helicopter crash in a Calabassas hillside on 26 January. EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT

Vanessa Bryant sues helicopter company over fatal crash

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:17 AM

Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant files a lawsuit against the helicopter operators for violating visual flight rules

TRAGIC. Vanessa Bryant (2nd from the left) loses her husband Kobe and her daughter Gianna in a fatal chopper crash. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Postponed Lakers game after Kobe’s death rescheduled

Feb 22, 2020 - 9:06 AM

The Lakers-Clippers game that was canceled following the shocking death of Kobe Bryant has been moved to April 9

TRIBUTE. The Lakers led by LeBron James (center) huddle as they wear jerseys with NBA legend Kobe Bryant's numbers last January 31, their first game since the NBA icon's death. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

FALSE: Vanessa Bryant 'kills herself' after bout of depression

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Vanessa Bryant is alive and is actively posting on social media

Kawhi dedicates All-Star MVP to Kobe: 'This one's for him'

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:34 PM

Kawhi Leonard wins the first-ever Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP award after helping Team LeBron topple Team Giannis

MAIDEN. Kawhi Leonard captures his first NBA All-Star Game MVP plum. Photo from Instagram/@nba

NBA names All-Star MVP award in honor of Kobe Bryant

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo describes Kobe Bryant as the 'Michael Jordan of our generation'

ICONIC. The NBA continues to pay tribute to league legend Kobe Bryant. Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Tiger, golf stars hit the greens with Kobe tribute

Feb 15, 2020 - 2:18 PM

Tiger Woods coincidentally hits his first putt of the week exactly from 24 feet and 8 inches – the jersey numbers of his old neighbor Kobe Bryant

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 12: The golf bag of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland beside a green showing the special head covers for his metal woods and putter remembering Kobe Bryant during the pro-am as a preview for the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club on February 12, 2020 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant among 8 finalists for 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame

Feb 15, 2020 - 9:51 AM

The late Kobe Bryant may join NBA icons Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett in this year's Hall of Fame class

LEGACY. Kobe Bryant is likely to be inducted among the sport’s all-time greats. Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe tributes abound at NBA All-Star Game in Chicago

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:54 AM

Tributes to 18-time All-Star Kobe Bryant take center stage as the annual league spectacle honors the late NBA icon

Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

Snoop Dogg apologizes for attacking TV anchor Gayle King over Kobe Bryant story

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:50 PM

'Two wrongs don't make no right. When you're wrong, you gotta fix it,' says the rapper

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - JANUARY 30: DJ Snoopadelic, aka Snoop Dogg, performs at the Rookie of the Year Party during Pepsi Zero Sugar presents Neon Beach at Clevelander at the Clevelander South Beach on January 30, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Pepsi/AFP

Tiger still struggling to get to grips with Kobe's death

Feb 13, 2020 - 4:51 PM

'Part of me thinks that it's not real,' says Tiger Woods, who used to live not far from Kobe Bryant just outside Los Angeles

NEIGHBORS. Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods ran parallel phenomenal careers. File photos

LOOK: Another court mural done to remember Kobe Bryant

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:55 PM

A massive mural showing Kobe Bryant with angel wings and a halo is painted on a hardcourt in Sta Ana, Manila

MAMBA OUT. This massive Kobe Bryant mural in Sta. Ana, Manila took almost a week to finish. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Kobe, Gianna Bryant laid to rest in private ceremony

Feb 12, 2020 - 7:36 AM

A private funeral for NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna has been held in Los Angeles

FAREWELL. The loss of Kobe and Gianna Bryant 'feels wrong,' says Vanessa Bryant in an emotional message. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Spike Lee honors Kobe Bryant at Oscars 2020

Feb 10, 2020 - 2:30 PM

The filmmaker turns up at the awards wearing a purple and yellow suit in tribute to the late basketball legend

TRIBUTE. Director Spike Lee wears an ensemble to honor the memory of Kobe Bryant at the 2020 Oscars on February 9. Photo by Valerie Macon/AFP

Vanessa Bryant announces 'celebration of life' for Kobe and Gianna

Feb 08, 2020 - 10:56 AM

A public memorial for Kobe and Gianna Bryant has been set on February 24 at Staples Center

No sign of engine failure in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Feb 08, 2020 - 10:13 AM

Los Angeles authorities say they’ve gathered a ‘substantial amount of evidence’ on the chopper crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant and 8 others

CRASH SITE. This still image taken from a January 27, 2020 video released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) shows an NTSB official inspecting the remains of Kobe Bryant's helicopter which crashed near Calabasas, California. Photo by Jose Romero/NTSB/AFP

Kobe Bryant memorial set for February 24

Feb 07, 2020 - 8:44 AM

The 2-24 memorial date holds symbolism as Kobe Bryant wore the No. 24 jersey while his 13-year-old daughter Gianna sported No. 2

Photo by Adam S. Davis/EPA-EFE

Harbor Day retires Gianna Bryant's jersey

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:02 PM

Gianna Bryant's private school honors her memory in an emotional jersey retirement ceremony

LOOK: Heartbroken Dwight reveals dunk contest plans with Kobe

Feb 05, 2020 - 7:19 PM

Dwight Howard had hoped to team up with Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest just 3 days before the tragic death of the Lakers legend

Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP

Pinoy fans in LA still grieve for Kobe Bryant

Feb 05, 2020 - 6:37 PM

'He really was the defining player during the defining generation for basketball back home,' a Filipino fan says of Kobe Bryant at the NBA legend’s makeshift memorial in Los Angeles

TRIBUTE. An image showing late former Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryan and his daughter Gianna is displayed in a memorial at LA Live in Los Angeles. Photo by Adam S. Davis/EPA-EFE