Kobe Immortalized

The recently unveiled Kobe Bryant statue, is reportedly one of three created to commemorate the NBA legend.

The late NBA super star Kobe Bryant has been immortalized, this time as a statue on the grounds where he once played the game.

On Thursday afternoon many, including Bryant’s widow Vanessa, gathered in downtown Los Angeles at the Arena for the unveiling of a four ton, 19-foot bronze statue of the basketball legend.  The statue is pictured pointing to the sky, a gesture Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, made leaving the court during his career best point performance.  Vanessa also revealed that Bryant was able to select this pose for his statue, the first of three statues to be unveiled commemorating him after his untimely departure.  The front reads ”Kobe Bean Bryant ‘Black Mamba,’” and along the base of the statue reads a quote from the man himself, “Leave the game better than you found it.  And when it comes time for you to leave, leave a legend.”  I think it’s more than safe to say, Bryant followed his own advice.

While the first statue pictures Bryant in his #8 jersey, it is stated there will be two more, one in Bryant’s #24 jersey, and one of him alongside his daughter Gianna, who’d also passed away in the January 26, helicopter crash back in 2020. The locations and release dates are still to be determined, according to a trusted representative of the Lakers.  While these statues will serve as a loving memory of and a commemoration to Bryant and his contributions to the game of basketball, they will also serve as reminders of what commitment, humility, discipline, and excellence are to those across the globe.


By Gabrielle Bolton, Freshman, Howard University

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Written by Gabrielle Bolton

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