Jennifer Hudson to perform special tribute to the late Kobe Bryant

Ruben Fields
February 14, 2020

Ticket sale proceeds will go to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.

The Los Angeles Lakers on Friday revealed the first details of the February 24 memorial service at Staples Center celebrating the life of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

Fans may register to purchase tickets through a dedicated Ticketmaster page starting Friday and until Monday at 10 p.m. PT, the Lakers said.

Like the date of the memorial, the ticket prices appear to have been chosen to honor the jersey numbers - No. 24 and 2 respectively - by Kobe and Gianna.

Kobe Bryant, 41, Gianna, along with seven other people, were killed on January 26 while taking a helicopter to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice in nearby Thousand Oaks.

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In a move apparently meant to prevent a repeat of the massive crowds that flocked to Staples after Bryant's death, the Lakers said the memorial will not be shown on exterior video screens at the arena or the adjacent L.A. Live entertainment area.

Team LeBron starters will include James, his Lakers teammate Anthony Davis, NBA scoring leader James Harden of Houston, Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers and Slovenian guard Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks.

Members of the public without tickets to the Celebration of Life are strongly advised by STAPLES Center and law enforcement not to come downtown near STAPLES Center or L.A.

Kobe and Gianna werelaid to rest at a private funeral in Corona Del Mar, California on February 7, the Los Angeles Times reported. Gianna wore jersey No. 2 for Team Mamba, Kobe wore No. 24 throughout the second half of his Lakers career and the No. 20 represents the number of years since Kobe and Vanessa first met.

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