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AirTalk Special: A City’s Final Goodbye To Kobe Bryant




A mural depicting deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant, painted by Jonas Never, is displayed on a building in Los Angeles, California.
A mural depicting deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant, painted by Jonas Never, is displayed on a building in Los Angeles, California.
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Family, friends and fans are gathering today in downtown Los Angeles for a special memorial service honoring Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant. 

The service at Staples Center serves as a final goodbye for a city that has been in mourning since it was announced the basketball legend, his daughter, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on January 26. Bryant, who only played for the Los Angeles Lakers the entirety of his 20 year career in the NBA, left behind a legacy that has been felt all around the world. Bryant and his daughter were laid to rest earlier this month in a private ceremony. KPCC reporters are posted all throughout the city, talking with fans about what Bryant meant to them and the impact he’s had on Los Angeles. 

Today on AirTalk, guest host Steven Cueveas and TakeTwo’s A. Martinez talk about Kobe Bryant’s legacy, check in with KPCC reporters, and talk to listeners about how they’ll remember Braynt and what he left behind. What did the basketball player mean to you? What impact did he have on your life? What was your favorite memory of him? Share your favorite memories of Byrant by calling 866-893-5722.

With guest host Steven Cuevas

Guest:

A. Martinez, host of Take Two on KPCC; he tweets @amartinezla