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Kobe Bryant statue details: First of 3 statues celebrates daughters, triangle offense, 81-point game, more

The phrase “the devil is in the details” is often used to describe situations that seem simple but have important elements when you take a closer look.

That same thought can be applied to Kobe Bryant’s first statue outside of Crypto.com Arena. 

The Lakers unveiled the first of three Kobe statues outside “The House That Kobe Built” on Thursday night in Los Angeles, honoring the former NBA star who died tragically in 2020 during a helicopter crash. Bryant spent his entire career playing for the Lakers where he accumulated five NBA titles, two NBA Finals MVPs, one NBA MVP, and 18 All-Star selections. Not only is he one of the greatest to ever don the purple and gold, but he is also one of the legends of the sport. 

“Leave the game better than you found it, and when it comes time for you to leave, leave a legend,” Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s widow, said at the ceremony. “And that he did.”

Bryant was a ride-or-die Laker who spent all 20 years with the organization. In return for what he brought on and off the court in Los Angeles, the Lakers honored him with a piece of art that is filled with all sorts of intricate elements that many wouldn’t immediately notice.

Here are some of the most important details of Bryant’s first statue.

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Kobe Bryant statue details

Bryant’s statue is iconic enough on its own. The pose that was chosen was of Bryant pointing to the crowd following his historic 81-point performance in 2006 against the Raptors. It remains the second-most points scored in an NBA game, trailing only Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point outing. 

At the ceremony, Vanessa got the chance to give some insight into the elements that might not be seen right away. She was consulted on the design of the statue, making sure to add certain details to the piece in honor of her late husband. 

The first feature that was pointed out was the tattoos on Kobe’s arm. At the time the moment was captured in 2006, not all of Bryant’s children were born yet, but the names of all of his daughters were added to the statue. 

“Although some of our girls weren’t born at the time of that particular moment, that specific detail is for Kobe,” Bryant said. 

In addition, there are elements to the statue that feature Bryant’s five NBA championship trophies and his career accolades. There is also a QR code connected to the statue that can be used to watch his highlights. 

One final piece that Vanessa shared was the shape of the base. While the bottom of a statue typically does not hold much meaning, the base of this sculpture is a triangle, which is an ode to Bryant, Tex Winter, and Phil Jackson. Winter developed what was called the “Triangle Offense,” and it was used heavily by Jackson when he was coaching Kobe and the Lakers. 

“Clearly, it was that trio’s favorite shape,” Bryant joked. “As a matter of fact, Kobe and Tex spoke so much about scoring within the triangle offense that I often see triangles in my sleep. Now, you’ll get to think of them, too.”

It’s unclear when the next two statues will be revealed. However, it was announced that one would be of the former shooting guard sporting No. 24, and the third would have both Kobe and his daughter, Gigi, who also passed away. 

It’s going to be hard to top the details from the first Kobe statue, but it doesn’t matter. All of the works of art are an iconic way to remember Bryant and what he meant to the NBA, the city of Los Angeles, and Lakers basketball. 

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