The Los Angeles Lakers unveiled a 19-foot bronze statue of Kobe Bryant outside their downtown arena. The statue depicts Bryant in his No. 8 jersey, with his right index finger raised after his 81-point performance in January 2006.
Vanessa Bryant announced that two more statues will be created to honor him. The first unveiling was attended by Lakers legends and season ticket holders, with Vanessa Bryant and other notable figures speaking at the event.
|Unveiling of 19-foot bronze statue honoring Kobe Bryant
|Statue depicts Bryant in his iconic No. 8 jersey, right index finger raised
|Ceremony attended by Lakers legends and season ticket holders; speeches from Vanessa Bryant, Jeanie Buss, Derek Fisher, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Phil Jackson
|Enduring impact on Los Angeles, evident through public murals throughout the city
|Bryant’s 20-year career with the Lakers, fourth-leading scorer in NBA history, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two NBA Finals MVP awards; retired in 2016
Lakers Unveil 19-Foot Bronze Statue Honoring Kobe Bryant
The Los Angeles Lakers paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant by revealing a 19-foot bronze statue outside their downtown arena. The imposing 4,000-pound sculpture captures Bryant in his iconic white No. 8 jersey, with his right index finger raised as he exited the court following his unforgettable 81-point performance against the Toronto Raptors in January 2006.
During the dedication ceremony, Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, announced that this is the first of three statues to commemorate the Lakers legend. The subsequent statues will feature Bryant in his No. 24 jersey, worn during the latter part of his career, as well as one depicting Bryant alongside his daughter, Gianna, who tragically passed away with him and seven others in a helicopter crash in January 2020.
The ceremony, attended by numerous Lakers greats and season ticket holders, saw heartfelt speeches from Vanessa Bryant, team owner Jeanie Buss, former teammate Derek Fisher, and basketball icons Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Phil Jackson. Abdul-Jabbar spoke of Bryant’s embodiment of excellence, discipline, and commitment, emphasizing that the statue represents not just sporting prowess, but enduring values that inspire others to strive for their best.
The enduring impact of Bryant’s legacy was evident at the ceremony, with Buss expressing a sense of joy and motivation for future generations to embody the “Mamba Mentality” alongside the iconic statue that honors his remarkable career. Bryant, who spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, remains a cherished figure in Los Angeles, symbolized by the many vibrant public murals depicting him and his daughter throughout the city.