The LA Lakers will return to the court Friday night, for their first game since former team-mate Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash. The basketball team is planning to hold a pre-game tribute to those who died in Sunday's accident.
From the high school courts of Philadelphia to the LA Lakers' Staples Center, the basketball superstar and Oscar winner became one of the most iconic sports players of his generation.
Famed athletes, politicians, and film stars paid tribute to NBA great Kobe Bryant, who has been killed in a helicopter crash. Former teammate Shaquille O'Neal said there were "no words to express the pain."
US investigators have said the helicopter involved in the crash which killed basketball superstar Kobe Bryant did not appear to suffer engine failure. The pilot allegedly came within 30 meters of clearing the clouds.
NBA star Kobe Bryant and his teenage daughter were killed in a helicopter crash near the town of Calabasas. The 41-year-old athlete was considered one of the best basketball players of his generation.
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