Published: Thu, February 27, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Jordan and Shaq bring the house down at Kobe Bryant memorial

Jordan and Shaq bring the house down at Kobe Bryant memorial

On Monday, as fans, family and friends gathered in Los Angeles for the memorial event, "A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant", Vanessa emotionally delivered a eulogy, during which she revealed the special meaning behind the presents.

"Gianna would have been an awesome mommy".

Before her performance, Lakers general manager and Gianna's godfather Rob Pelinka recalled how Bryant had learned to play the 'Moonlight' Sonata on piano for his wife, Vanessa, after hearing how much she loved it.

"Everyone always wanted to talk about the comparisons between he and I but I just wanted to talk about Kobe". Those in attendance at the public memorial included Beyoncé, who opened the service performing one of Kobe's favourite songs, XO, which was followed by Halo.

Watch Michael Jordan's entire speech below.

Kobe's 33,643 points now put him fourth on the chart, with only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and LeBron James above them. I miss looking at her handsome face. "She loved watching Disney movies with her sisters".

Vanessa made a attractive tribute to her "baby girl" and her "soulmate".

"I said 'Kobe. There's no I in team'".

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"She was an incredible athlete", Vanessa said, who excelled at sport including basketball and gymnastics and was "confident, but not arrogant".

The couple met in 1999 when Vanessa was working as a background dancer on the Tha Eastsidaz music video "G'd Up" and Kobe was working on his debut musical album. Jordan's speech was incredibly emotional and it reduced the GOAT to tears as he talked about his "little brother".

"He isn't going to be able to walk our girls down the aisle or spin me around on the dance floor", said Vanessa, who was speaking publicly for the first time since the crash. "He was my sweet husband, he was my everything".

He also gave her a gift for every year of their marriage, which is how she ended up with "The Notebook" goodies.

"He always told the girls how lovely and smart they were and taught them how to be fearless when things got tough".

"God knew they couldn't be on this Earth without each other". He had to bring them home to heaven.

Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in Sunday's tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. "Please rest in peace, little brother".

Proceeds for ticket purchased to attend the memorial went towards the Bryant family's Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.

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