Feb 16, 2020 - Sports

Obama addresses "heartbreaking" death of Kobe Bryant at NBA event

Former President Barack Obama speaks on the stage at a December Obama Foundation event in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Zahim Mohd/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama paid tribute at an NBA All-Star Weekend Newsmaker Brunch Saturday to basketball great Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, who died in a helicopter crash last month, video shared by CNN's Wolf Blitzer online shows.

"That loss is something that I know many are still grappling with. Particularly Kobe, because he was with his daughter and those families and those children and those of us who have had the joy and privilege of being parents and taking kids to ball games and then rooting for our children and seeing our dreams and hopes passed on to them. Nothing is more heartbreaking."
— Excerpt from Obama's speech

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Los Angeles celebrates Kobe and Gianna Bryant

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Thousands of people gathered Monday at Los Angeles' Staples Center to mourn the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

The big picture: Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers throughout his entire 20-season career and helped the city claim five championships. Gianna, a rising basketball player herself, often attended games with her father, who retired in 2016.

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Vanessa Bryant sues helicopter company over the deaths of Kobe and Gianna

Kobe Bryant, Vanessa Bryant, Gianna Bryant and Natalia Bryant attend Tribeca Talks during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Vanessa Bryant filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday against the company that dispatched the helicopter that crashed on Jan. 26, killing her husband Kobe Bryant, 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The state of play: The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Island Express Helicopters and Island Express Holding Corp, alleges that pilot Ara Zobayan failed "to use ordinary care in piloting the subject aircraft" and was "negligent" when taking off Jan. 26.

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Sabrina Ionescu makes NCAA history hours after Kobe Bryant memorial speech

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Hours after speaking at Kobe Bryant's memorial service in Los Angeles, Sabrina Ionescu flew to the Bay Area to rejoin her Oregon teammates — and proceeded to do something never done before in college basketball.

What happened: Ionescu became the first player in NCAA history, man or woman, to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds in No. 3 Oregon's 74-66 win over No. 4 Stanford.

Go deeperArrowFeb 25, 2020 - Sports