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The love the late Kobe Bryant received at his first Statue Unveiling Ceremony

Celebrities, Lakers legends, NBA Superstars, Popstars, and more were present to honor Kobe Bryant in the unveiling of his first statue

By James Brown

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Kobe Bryant is not only the greatest Los Angeles Lakers in franchise history, he is also one of the greatest and most influential players in the NBA of all time, as the late legend continues to inspire to this day current players in the league and upcoming prospects.

This Thursday night, the LA Lakers had a ceremony for the unveiling of Kobe's first statue outside of the Arena so it was natural that a lot of famous people were going to be present and the crowd didn't disappointed.

Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was one of the personalities who took the stage to give some words on the purple and gold legend. Kareem, a storyteller just like Bryant, offered a thoughtful tribute. "This statue may look like Kobe, but really it's what excellence looks like, what discipline looks like, what commitment looks like, what love of family looks like," Abdul-Jabbar said. "The statue is a wonderful contribution. It captures a person frozen in time, while at the same time acknowledging that the reason there is a statue in the first place is because that person is timeless."

The invite-only crowd included Bryant's daughters and sister; Laker greats Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Michael Cooper, Jamaal Wilkes, Mychal Thompson, and Pau Gasol; former Bryant teammates Metta World Peace, Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Sasha Vujacic, Matt Barnes, Mark Madsen, Gary Payton, Larry Nance, Josh Powell, Kareem Rush, Devean George, A.C. Green, Vladimir Radmanovic, DJ Mbenga, and Trevor Ariza; former coaches Del Harris, Jim Cleamons, Kurt Rambis, Byron Scott and Larry Drew; and other friends of Bryant from the sports and pop culture community in Russell Wilson and his wife, Ciara, Bad Bunny, Dwyane Wade, Lisa Leslie, Candace Parker, Jamal Crawford and Sydney Leroux.

Other Celebrities were present for the game vs. Denver Nuggets

After Kobe Bryant's statue unveiling, during the game against the Nuggets, actors like Adam Sandler were seen and Latin popstars like Peso Pluma and his girlfriend Nicki Nicole were also there to watch the game.

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