The municipality of Reggio Emilia, in Emilia Romagna (Italy) inaugurated Kobe and Gianna Bryant Square, in their memory, in a ceremony that was held exactly one year after their death. The space is located right next to the Pala Bigi in via Guasco, where Reggiana Basketball plays in the Italian Serie A championship.
The same team in which Joe Bryant, father of Kobe, played in the 90s while his son was growing up in the club's youth academy. A ginkgo biloba was also planted in the same space, also dedicated to the basketball player and his 13-year-old daughter, along with a commemorative plaque and a photo exhibition with images from Bryant's past.
Kobe Bryant's career
Kobe Bryant has played predominantly in the role of shooting guard and is considered among the best players in NBA history. Son of Joe Bryant and grandson of Chubby Cox's mother, both former basketball players, Bryant grew up basketball in Italy, where he learned European fundamentals, while he played his entire professional career in the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 5 titles.
Bryant was also the first NBA player to serve on the same team for 20 seasons. With the US national team he participated in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championships and the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games, winning the gold medal in all three events.
On March 4, 2018, he won the Academy Award together with director and animator Glen Keane, in the category of best animated short film for Dear Basketball, which he wrote inspired by his farewell letter to basketball. He is one of the best known sportsmen in the world and his career is considered one of the best in the history of professional sport.
On April 4th 2020, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. At 9:06 am PDT on January 26th 2020, Bryant, his thirteen-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other people took off from Orange County-John Wayne, Calif., Aboard the Sikorsky S-76B branded N72EX helicopter.
of the player. The aircraft crashed in Calabasas at about 9:47 am, catching fire. Los Angeles County firefighters put out the fire at 10:30 am, confirming the deaths of all passengers. According to the first reports the helicopter crashed due to the thick fog.
A public commemoration was held on February 24th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where ordinary people, many personalities from the world of NBA basketball and friends of Bryant gathered.