A public memorial for Lakers great Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna was held Monday at Staples Center, bringing celebrities, athletes and fans together to celebrate their lives nearly one month after they were killed along with seven others in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif.
Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, spoke publicly for the first time since the crash, celebrating the memories of her husband and daughter. “God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other,” she said，“He had to bring them home to heaven together.”
Michael Jordan also gave a moving speech about his close friend Kobe Bryant during the memorial.
"Maybe it surprised people that Kobe and I were very close friends. But we were very close friends. Kobe was my dear friend. He was like a little brother. Everyone always wanted to talk about the comparisons between he and I. I just wanted to talk about Kobe."
"Now, he's got me and I'll have to look at another crying meme for the next … I told my wife I wasn't gonna do this cause I didn't want to see that for the next three or four years. That is what Kobe Bryant does to me."
"No one knows how much time we have. That's why we must live in the moment, we must enjoy the moment, we must reach and see and spend as much time as we can with our families and friends and the people that we absolutely love. To live in the moment means to enjoy each and every one that we come in contact with."