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‘I’ll always remember where I was’: Heartache at ‘Kobe’s house’

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There are no shortage of tears at the Staples Centre in LA, from men, women and children as they explain the impact Bryant had on their life, 9News US Correspondent Tim Arvier writes.

Los Angeles: The chants are reverberating around the forecourt of the Staples Centre, the place that's known as Kobe Bryant's house.

"Kobe, Kobe, Kobe…"


"24, 24, 24!"

Invariably, they finish with the crowds yelling "thank you", because, for many in Los Angeles, the Lakers are life. And Kobe Bryant was the Lakers.

There are no shortage of tears either, from men, women and children as they explain the impact Bryant had on their life.

In this 2001 photo Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant jumps over a row of fans after saving the ball from going out of bounds.

Husbands and wives met while watching Kobe, their children were raised watching Kobe, and the memory of family gatherings watching the Lakers win the NBA Finals also centre on Kobe.

He also gave hope and a respite from reality for the many poor in Los Angeles. As one mourner put it, "…growing up in LA there weren't a lot of good times, but watching Kobe was the best."

They cry, not just because those memories will forever be associated now with tragedy, but many also for Bryant's family. One clip of Bryant playing basketball with his daughter has been viewed millions of times on Twitter as all the US reacts in shock and sadness.

One TV anchor even compared the shock of the Bryant's passing with September 11, saying: "I'll always remember where I was on 9/11, and I'll always remember where I was when I heard this news."

There will be plans to commemorate his death and some fans are already demanding a statue.

Whatever is done in Los Angeles will be sure to big, for no other sports star has transcended their game like Kobe Bryant.

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Source: 9News

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