People Are Calling for the Staples Centre to Be Renamed After Kobe Bryant

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Yesterday, the world was left devastated by the heartbreaking news that legendary NBA player, Kobe Bryant, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning – he was just forty-one-years-old.

Bryant’s daughter, Gianna, was also on board the helicopter with her father and died in the crash along with 7 other victims.

Families have been left distraught and friends and fans all around the world have been paying tribute to the lives lost.

Scroll to the end to find out why some people are outraged at the idea the Staples Centre should be re-named after Kobe Bryant.

Kobe Bryant was a legend in the world of basketball.

The former pro basketball player won 5 NBA titles throughout his 2-decade career with the Los Angeles Lakers, cementing him as one of the greatest players of all time.

He was then elected by the Charlotte Hornets with the thirteenth overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft. Ultimately, he was then traded to the Lakers, in a move that truly kick-started his iconic career.

On April 13, 2016, Kobe played his final game where he wowed the sold-out crowd, scoring a huge sixty points – the sixth sixty-point game of his career.

The basketball star won an Oscar for his short film, Dear Basketball, in 2018.

The star shared 4 children with his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, who wed in April 2001.

It had been confirmed that Kobe Bryant had tragically died in a helicopter crash yesterday morning. The NBA star’s private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, TMZ sports confirmed.

“With great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash.” “The aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10 am this morning. Nobody on the ground was hurt. However, we have now learned that 9 individuals were killed.

But tragically, his private helicopter went down and a “fire broke out,” TMZ reported.

But Kurt Deetz, who has flown helicopters carrying Bryant in the past, told the Los Angeles Times that weather was a more likely cause of the accident than a mechanical issue.

“The likelihood of a catastrophic twin-engine failure on that aircraft – it just doesn’t happen,” he said.

Kobe leaves behind his wife and their daughters – Natalia and Bianca, and their newborn, Capri.

TMZ Sports reports that Gianna, aged thirteen, tragically died in the crash.

It is thought that the father and daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice, nearby Thousand Oaks.

And she was set to follow in her Kobe’s footsteps – on track to play in the female NBA.

Tributes have been flooding in from all around the world, and the NBA community has been truly impacted by this devastating accident.

People all over Twitter have been pushing for the Staples Centre to be renamed after Kobe Bryant.

He tweeted yesterday: “At whatever cost, the Staples Center should be renamed after Kobe Bryant.” The post has had over 2000 retweets and 16000 likes since last night.

Some people on Twitter have expressed their outrage at the center being renamed after Bryant due to his past sexual assault cases.

Bryant held a news conference at Staples Center, stood with his wife Vanessa, where he admitted committing adultery but said “I’m innocent” of assault.

He was perceived in the public eye to be a loving father and husband.

He told a Times columnist: “At the end of the day when it’s my last year, people can look back and say, ‘You know what? He had a hell of a career, he was a hell of a person.’” In response to whether he was concerned about his image.