At Kobe Bryant memorial service Vanessa Bryant opens up, Michael Jordan wipes away tears

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A powerful public memorial service was held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles Monday to honor Kobe Bryant.

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25.2.2020

'When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died.' Michael Jordan, a close friend of Kobe Bryant , wiped tears away as he spoke at the NBA legend's memorial service .

A powerful public memorial service was held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles Monday to honor Kobe Bryant .

the helicopter crash that took their lives. Former teammate Shaquille O'Neal told the 20,000 mourners that"Kobe and I always held a deep respect and love for one another," calling him"Heaven's MVP." Shaquille O'Neal speaks during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. Shaquille O'Neal speaks during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Vanessa Bryant, who emotionally opened up about her memories of her husband and daughter. Christina Aguilera sang a stirring rendition of"Ave Maria" and the Staples Center fell silent as Alicia Keys performed Beethoven's"Moonlight Sonata." Here is a recap of the service: Michael Jordan wipes away tears Fellow NBA great and close friend Michael Jordan wiped tears away as he spoke. "When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died," he said. Michael Jordan speaks during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. Michael Jordan speaks during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Tears streamed down Jordan's face as he said he wanted to be the"best big brother I could be" for Bryant. On a lighter note, Jordan joked that his appearance will generate"another crying meme." "I told my wife I wasn't going to do this because I didn't want to see that for the next three or four years," he said."That is what Kobe Bryant does to me." Michael Jordan speaks during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. Michael Jordan speaks during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Jordan said"as a basketball player, as a businessman, and a storyteller, and as father, in the game of basketball, in life, as a parent, Kobe left nothing in the tank. He left it all on the floor." "Kobe gave every last ounce of himself to whatever he was doing," Jordan said."After basketball he showed a creative side ... that I didn't think any of us knew he had." MORE: Vanessa Bryant submits wrongful death complaint against helicopter operator in crash "In retirement he seemed so happy, he found new passions and he continued to give back as a coach, in his community," Jordan said."More importantly, he was an amazing dad, amazing husband, who dedicated himself to his family and who loved his daughters with all his heart. "Kobe never left anything on the court," he said."And I think that's what he would want for us to do. No one knows how much time we have, that's why we must live in the moment." 'Enjoy the road' Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, Bryant's close friend and former agent, and godfather to Gianna, said Bryant celebrated turning 40 with a vacation at a beautiful resort, where he still wanted to"watch Team Mamba game film with Gigi." Mourners are seated before paying their respect at Kobe Bryant's and his daughter, Gigi's memorial service at Staple Center in Los Angeles, Feb. 24, 2020. Mourners are seated before paying their respect at Kobe Bryant's and his daughter, Gigi's memorial service at Staple Center in Los Angeles, Feb. 24, 2020. Etienne Laurent/EPA via Shutterstock Pelinka described Bryant as the"baby whisperer" who had the"golden touch" and loved to cuddle with his daughters. When Bryant was on the road, he was always on the phone with his daughters, never wanting to miss a moment of their lives, he said. Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka speaks during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka speaks during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images "The day after Kobe was gone, I was at home and feeling totally lost," Pelinka said."I couldn’t imagine life without the strength and guidance of my best friend.” Pelinka said he felt the need to connect with something “tangible” that represented their friendship, and his wife reminded him of a book from Bryant. In the inside cover, Pelinka said Bryant wrote: “to RP, my brother, may you always remember to enjoy the road, especially when it’s a hard one.” 'The future' Sabrina Ionescu, a basketball player at the University of Oregon who became a mentor for Gianna, called the 13-year-old"the future" of women's basketball. "She always wanted to learn, to go to every game she could -- college, NBA, WNBA," she said."Kobe was helping with that because he saw it in her. Just like he saw it in me." In this file photo taken on July 26, 2018, retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch during the U.S. national championships swimming meet in Irvine, California. In this file photo taken on July 26, 2018, retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch during the U.S. national championships swimming meet in Irvine, California. Chris Carlson/AP Ionescu recalled how Kobe Bryant would text her and check up on her, giving both her and Gianna the"blueprint" for future success. "Through Gigi, through me, through his investment in women's basketball -- that was his next great act," she said. Ionescu said she still texts Kobe Bryant's phone. "The texts go through, but no response," she said."Sometimes I find myself still waiting." Detailed view of signage at the LA Live plaza before a memorial at Staples Center for Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Feb 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. Detailed view of signage at the LA Live plaza before a memorial at Staples Center for Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Feb 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. Dylan Stewart/Image of Sport via Reuters 'Fearless mentality' WNBA player Diana Taurasi said,"Gigi in many ways represents the future of women's basketball: a future where a young woman aspires to play in the WNBA the same way I wanted to be A Laker." "Gigi already had goals to play for UConn -- that in itself showed her fearless mentality," Taurasi said. "We promise to carry Gigi’s legacy," she vowed. Vanessa Bryant on her 'soulmate' Read more: ABC News

Hopefully she'll learn from this loss that you can't live life being very derogatory and demeaning to others such as Maria Jimenez (house staff), sales personnel at Fashion Island, etc. Poor character. RachHLaw It was beautiful 🖤 Acting skills on display. He played BB for a living. I'm tired of hearing and seeing this bullshit. There are 7 other people who died who were loved just as much.

So who caused their death, God? He's so phony. Strong woman there that makeup and hair style...☹️🤔

Vanessa Bryant Delivered a Tearful Tribute to Husband Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gianna“God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other. He had to bring them home to heaven together.” Vanessa Bryant gave a heartbreaking tribute to her daughter Gianna and husband Kobe Bryant today. 💜💛 KobeFarewell

😢😢😢😢 This is heartbreaking Such a hypocrite who leave her late husband’s parents no financial benefits from his tragedy. 😢😢😢 My heart goes out to you and your girls. And family. I know what you going through. I lost my 5yr old son the day of passover 2018! Easter Sunday had been that Dark in my Home ever! I cry every night over baby fabian. God Bless you Mrs. BRYANT

Or rape any more White women. And now she’s suing the pilot’s family, absolutely classless Vanessa Good point Very touching and poignant memorial, such a senseless loss of all on board. Girl-dad...a greater honorific than any bestowed by athletic achievement.

Alicia Keys Performs Song Kobe Bryant Learned To Play For Vanessa Bryant At MemorialAlicia Keys delivered an emotional rendition of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata' at the Kobe Bryant memorial as a nod to a romantic gesture the NBA legend once made for his wife, Vanessa. Perfection. 💜 I'm guessing he learned that after.

BEAUTIFUL CEREMONY❤ RIP KOBE.. That was such a heartfelt speech. ❤️ you MichaelJordan. A rich woman talking about inequality. GTFO Hannahs91972722 Look at soccer vs baseball They watch the NBA your incorrect That’s all well and good but without Bryant’s $600 million dollar net worth much of what she did wouldn’t have happened and that includes excesses like helicopter ride instead of using a car to go to an event...too bad too sad but no pivotal point in history..!!

Thomas should have been impeached a long time ago! Hmm...good pointers by the marketing team. I watched that eulogy many times. She’s very strong and very brave. It was incredible to watch. I cried every time I watched it and she held it together. Very impressive woman. Such a tragedy but she has shown how strong she is.

Allegedly sexually assaulting a woman (payed her off in civil suit) was his fault. He made things difficult for his image & his wife & future kids. 👀

Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Honored at 2020 NAACP Image Awards Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January, received a special tribute at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, two days before their public memorial.

Women's basketball makes less money because nobody watches it... Life isn't fair.... Get over it! The WNBA gets a higher revenue percentage period. It’s not fair for the men. People just don’t like watching girls shoot lay ins. I can't imagine her pain and anguish. Pay is based off revenue. The US women soccer team has aan argument. The WNBA does not.

WHO CHEATED SND RAPED UNDERAGE WOMENS I hope Vanessa can find some strong pipe to lean on throughout these tough times of grief This poor woman.... I can’t fathom her heartbreak Prayers of comfort, strength, and healing to the family long live the jordan meme lol

Kobe and Gianna Bryant's Memorial: 'He Was The Most Amazing Husband,' Says Vanessa Bryant'Mamba, you were taken away from us way too soon.' Shaquille O'Neal talks about his former teammate and friend, Kobe Byrant, while sharing a funny anecdote KobeFarewell Ballislife Please don’t make Jordan tears a new meme Ballislife 😥😥😥 Ballislife mj showing emotion that rearly happens

FelixCa83626105 I cried after watching this 😭😭😭 this is too sad😭 His was a life well lived. To have a community... the world, stand up for you after life, is a testament to the man you are and forever will be... this is legacy! This is G.O.A.T! This is so true, you lose the person with whom you made so many memories, and then a piece of you is missing. Sad.

😔 so sad 😢 Nobody talk's about other 6passages 👍👍👍👍 Amazing. Jordan had us all balling I can't imagine how he feels RIPMamba

How Kobe Bryant memorial can help wife Vanessa, others with grieving'If she can feel the loving arms of people wrapped around her … that’ll help her and her kids survive and go on to live again,' said Alan Wolfelt, founder and director of the Center for Loss & Life Transition in Colorado. Colorado, ay? Hundreds of Millions of dollars will help her survive You never get over the death and it may take time, but you do learn how to better cope with the loss.

MambaMentality this_vid 💔💔💔 This made me cry 😭💔 This guy be having himself a night. Not the right place my dude. 😭😭😭😭😭 ❤️❤️❤️ I’m trying to watch this repeat and y’all have Trump doing some wreath laying in India on the side, get that shit out of here Katherine Johnson has had far more impact on everyone on this planet, yet the public tears are few by comparison. Why?

Again?

Vanessa Bryant Seen Wiping Away Tears at Kobe and Gianna's Memorial Vanessa Bryant made her first public appearance since the devastating deaths of her husband and 13-year-old daughter.

Gone to sone LeslieMarshall 💙 I don’t know how Vanessa got up there and spoke. Bless her heart. Tears in my eyes. KobeFarewell Very powerful memorial for Gigi and Kobe! So heartbreaking! I pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time. May God guise you and encourage you to go on and live remembering the legacy that he left! Sending lots of love to Kobe’s family! 💗🙏🏻❤️💗

They put their acting skills on display. 😩💔 wiping my tears😢..so sad and 💔. You are a good friend Jimmy 💔

I love you jimmykimmel you always show emotions, Kobe is definitely worth your tears, perfectly imperfect man. Tell Vanessa Kobe fans got her as well she’s not alone. My mom loved jimmy kümmel. She’s gone but she knew something. He was lovely and she knew it too Kinda sad about “the others”, right? Lost in the shuffle bc there was a famous person killed, to.

So these people decided to disrespect the parents and sisters of Kobe Bryant and not even acknowledge their loss or their presence. Really messed up. Life is short.. LIVE!!!! She is so strong, let's not forget what a role model Vanessa is. Her strength matches The Mamba. 💜💜💜 jdolson66 We will meet with those we miss in heaven, God willing! 🙏 Our condolences to you⚘

this is heartbreaking but they are all in a BETTER place Wow! Even Jimmy was torn up!

So sweet. You got my vote! This is the FIRST DECENT FULLY COMPREHENSIBLE UNDERSTANDABLE SENTENCE JOE HAS UTTERED VP44 seanhannity IngrahamAngle dbongino DonaldJTrumpJr WELL SAID SLEEPY JOE He understands and has compassion. He cares about people. Trump cares about trump. He is a cruel disgusting con artist.

So true. Took me 2 years plus after the passing of my mom in 2017. Wasn't easy but I am able to smile more now. She was everything to me 💜 Bless you, words cannot express your sadness and love for your family ♥️🙏 Words that hit the heart 💔. My love goes out to everyone who's lost a child. And their soulmate 🙏✌️❤️

Jimmy Kimmel you’re the best such a great friend & speaking about your friend 🙏♥️🇺🇸 YojiNoda1 大親友を失った淋しさがとても伝わります〜(TT)天国から見守っているかしら。きっと。 This is why I love Joe. What a decent human being. What would trump say....”I once beat Kobe one on one”

He’s lived it, so he knows. This man knows. That’s a great sentiment for everyone who has suffered a loss, famous or not. Joe Biden did not say this. His staffers tweeted it for him from his account Sweet💖 I like this very much. Very true. I can think of my momma and smile now. It will never not hurt, but one learns how to carry the pain and smile at the memories.

Then he groped her. 🙏💔🏀🙏💔🏀💞 That was nicely said 🥀 Very nice words 😥♥️

Let's get those votes huh Joe? Lol. Good man, joe The only thing I’ve ever agreed on they joe has said. Kindness matters. YojiNoda1 I wasn't ready for this. I felt that when he said this brought me to tears.. cuz it was like all hope was gone 😢🕊🖤🐍 YojiNoda1 最愛の親友を亡くしたジョーダンの気持ちを想うと胸が締め付けられます。 Kobby still live on 😢😢

😢😢😢 YojiNoda1 🙏😢



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