This past weekend’s NBA All-Star festivities paid major tribute to Kobe Bryant. Kobe, an 18-time all-star selection, passed away last month (January 26) along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, and seven others aboard a helicopter. Shortly after takeoff, the vessel crashed in Calabasas, California.
For Sunday (February 16) night’s game in Chicago, Illinois, the players wore patches honoring the nine people who died. Additionally, numbers #24 and #2 were worn by selections, paying respect to Kobe’s famed number as well as Gigi’s travel team jersey. The scoreboard had special illuminations for 8 and 24, the two numbers Bryant wore during his extensive NBA career. The scores also affected the game’s outcome, as the leading team after three quarters could win with 24 more points gained in the fourth quarter. In the end, Team Lebron defeated Team Giannis in a 157-155 showdown.
Hear The Original Version Of “California Love” & It’s Nuthin’ But A Dre Thang
With all the tributes, Dr. Dre—a longtime Los Angeles Lakers fan—offered his own take in honoring Kobe Bryant. He made a music video tribute. The two-minute visual includes footage and basketball highlights dating back to Kobe’s high school days. It features interaction with the hometown crowd, amazing dunks, clutch shots, and championship celebrations. The video also employs graphics of Bryant’s many trophies (including his Oscar), and references “Black Mamba,” his alter-ego. Towards the end of the short (with assists from Jack Bannon and Gibson Hazard), Dre lays down Joe Cocker’s “Woman To Woman.” He then flips the switch to make the sample into its basis in the original mix of “California Love.” It is a serenade from the fans in the region—both to Kobe and Gigi.