BURBANK (CBSLA) – As a tribute to Kobe Bryan, after his death more than a year ago, many fans around Southern California memorialized him with murals and with his posthumous induction into the hall of fame Saturday, people around the southland reacted.
Many fans say that while Bryant’s 18-time all-star appearances and five NBA championships are impressive, much of what he did off the court is why they respect him so much.READ MORE: Moviegoers Finally Back In Theaters, Excited For Summer Blockbuster 'Fast And Furious 9'
“I think everybody right now should be happy that it’s happened and just go on. It’s great,” Marco, a Bryant fan told CBSLA’s Rick Montanez. ”
Donna Ross-Jones acknowledge that a group of people excel in basketball, but Kobe was more than that.READ MORE: Man Shot To Death In Unincorporated Area Near South Los Angeles
“He excelled at humanity, and that to me is what sticks with me,” she said.
Cathy Bravo, who has been a fan of Kobe’s since he was 18-years-old and went to the Lakers, said that his death was like losing a brother.MORE NEWS: Cat Named Hog Allegedly Taken By Uber Eats Driver Back Home In Studio City
While Bryant’s passing is still difficult for many people, they are grateful he was honored in this way.