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People: Kobe Bryant's Wife Vanessa Appreciates Every Memorial & Tribute That Honors the Late NBA Legend & Daughter Gigi

Olowokandi Fiyin
Feb 06, 2020
09:00 P.M.
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Vanessa Bryant couldn't be more pleased with the reactions and messages she's gotten since the death of her husband and daughter.

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It's been over a week since Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna's demise, and Vanessa Bryant is finding solace in the numerous tributes shared by fans and colleagues of the legendary basketballer. 

Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Laine Bryant attend the 2018 Baby2Baby Gala Presented by Paul Mitchell at 3LABS | Photo: Getty Images

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However, the bereaved mother and wife have been particularly touched by the emotional remembrances of her late husband and daughter at Sunday night's Super Bowl LIV.

A source close to the mother-of-four revealed to PEOPLE how Vanessa felt about the tributes, saying:

"She was aware of the Super Bowl tribute, and she was touched. Every memorial means something to her. Every memorial is important."

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Before the game started, players of the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers paid tribute to the Lakers legend by standing on their respective 24-yard lines.

It would be recalled that Kobe Bryant wore the number 24 during the latter half of his career.

Since the death of the basketball legend, athletes around the world have found different ways to honor the Lakers legend.

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NBA teams allowed the 24-second shot clock to run down to zero at the start of games, while players temporarily wore one of Kobe's numbers while on the court.

Also, before the Lakers played the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, Bryant was remembered with performances by Usher, Boyz II Men, cellist Ben Hong, and a moving speech from his close pal LeBron James.

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Celebrities haven't been the only ones paying respect to Kobe as fans have left basketballs, flowers, banners, candles, and several other memorabilia at Staples Center over the past week, to remember the father-daughter duo who lost their lives in a helicopter crash on January 26.

As noted by Extra, Vanessa has asked to have some of the items left by fans at the home Kobe built.

Kobe Bryant, Vanessa Laine Bryant arrives at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center | Photo: Getty Images

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According to CheatSheet, the city of Los Angeles has begun the process of removing all items that the late basketball legend's fans left to show their grief and pay their respects.

As stated by Staples Center's president, Lee Zeidman, during an interview with the Los Angeles Times, all of the items will be put in specially made containers and shipped to Vanessa and the girls.

As of Sunday, 1353 basketballs have been boxed and shipped to Vanessa, as seen in a tweet shared by Zeidman. The flowers, however, will be turned into mulch and spread throughout L.A. Live and Staples Center.

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