Statue of Kobe and Gigi Bryant placed at crash site on anniversary

1/27/2022 1:30:00 PM

CALABASAS, Calif., — A sculpture of NBA great Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna 'Gigi' Bryant was brought on Wednesday to the helicopter crash site

‘A TRIBUTE FOR KOBE AND GIGI’ Sculptor Dan Medina honored the death anniversary of Kobe and Gigi Bryant along with 7 other passengers by placing a temporary statue where their helicopter crashed on January 26, 2020. 📷: Reuters/David Swanson READ:

CALABASAS, Calif., — A sculpture of NBA great Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna 'Gigi' Bryant was brought on Wednesday to the helicopter crash site

BryantKobe“This is all on my own, no one asked me to do it,” said Medina.Engraved on the statue’s steel pedestal are the names of all nine victims of the early morning crash in foggy weather on Jan. 26, 2020. It also includes an inscription ofA five-time NBA champion in his 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers,

Gigi was 13 at the time of the crash, which occurred as they were headed to a youth basketball tournament.“And then it popped up on my phone and we didn’t believe it. So I wanted to come out of respect and I thought this statue is beautiful.”

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, — A sculpture of NBA great Kobe and his daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant was brought on Wednesday to the helicopter crash site where they perished alongside seven others on a hillside near Los Angeles two years ago. The 160-pound (73-kg) bronze statue depicts the pair wearing basketball uniforms and sharing a loving glance as Gigi holds Kobe ‘s hand as it rests on her shoulder. In his first two seasons in the NBA, Clarkson backed up Bryant as one of the Los Angeles Lakers’ core guards, and was even the team’s second-leading scorer behind his mentor in the 2015-2016 season. Sculptor Dan Medina was on hand to greet fans who made the 1. Although the Lakers only finished with a franchise-worst 17-65 record, Clarkson’s sophomore year was still memorable due to him being a major part of Bryant’s 20th and final season.3-mile (2. Until the very end, Clarkson was a part of Lakers history as he completed Bryant’s final play: an assist to cap off an unforgettable 60-point explosion in his farewell game.1-km) hike to pay their respects to the sports legend. Even after 70 years, Corvette still makes hearts race and kids dream of the open road,” said Steve Majoros, vice president at Chevrolet Marketing.

“This is all on my own, no one asked me to do it,” said Medina. The “Black Mamba” may be gone, but his legacy still runs strong, and always will, through basketball’s current and future stars in the NBA and beyond. The “Black Mamba” may be gone, but his legacy still runs strong, and always will, through basketball’s current and future stars in the NBA and beyond. “On this day, the second anniversary of the accident, I decided to bring it up from sunrise to sunset and create a bit of a healing process for fans.” “Today was special because I witnessed a lot of that.com. People would come up and they would leave with some sort of satisfaction.” Engraved on the statue’s steel pedestal are the names of all nine victims of the early morning crash in foggy weather on Jan. Other key exterior features that will be present on the special edition C8 include 70th Anniversary Edition badges, special Corvette cross flags complete with the 70th Anniversary logo, and Edge Red-painted brake calipers.

26, 2020. It also includes an inscription of Bryant ‘s famous quote: “Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.” A five-time NBA champion in his 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant ‘s death at age 41 shocked the world of professional sports and sent his legions of fans into mourning. Gigi was 13 at the time of the crash, which occurred as they were headed to a youth basketball tournament. Nicole Szuch-Dinets of Woodland Hills was one of the dozens of fans who made the trip to pay their respects. These will include the Corvette Stingray 3LT, as well as the Z06 3LZ coupe and convertible models.

“I remember when this happened. We live close and we could hear the helicopter,” she said. “And then it popped up on my phone and we didn’t believe it. So I wanted to come out of respect and I thought this statue is beautiful.” Tributes to Bryant by his friends, fans and former teammates poured out on social media on Wednesday.

“I know many of you are out there and you miss him and still wish to see his brilliance on the court, and what he was doing as a dad,” Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said of Bryant , who was the father of four girls and husband to Vanessa. “It was wonderful the way he was coaching girls and getting them into the game. I hope all of you out there remember him the way you should and give your prayers to his wife and family.” —Reporting by Rory Carroll; Additional reporting by Sandra Stojanovic; Editing by Tom Hogue .