The ceremony took place at a capacity Staples Center, home to the Los Angeles Lakers, the only team Bryant played for during his 20 year NBA career. Kobe and Giana Bryant and seven other victims lost their lives in a helicopter crash on January 26.
The memorial service opened with a performance from Beyonce, before Bryant’s wife Vanessa paid tribute to her husband and 13-year-old daughter, citing Kobe as the “MVP of girl dads.”
Vanessa received a standing ovation from a host of NBA legends and celebrities like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian who were also in attendance.
Michael Jordan was in tears when he took the stand and spoke of his close relationship with Bryant. “When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died,” he said.
“This kid had passion like you would never know … As I got to know him, I wanted to be the best big brother that I could be.”
NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was next to speak. “Kobe and I pushed one another to play some of the greatest basketball of all time, and I am proud that no other team has accomplished what the three-peat Lakers have done since the Kobe and Shaq Lakers,” he said.
Shaq then changed the tone of the memorial by reducing everyone to laughter. He spoke of a time when Bryant complained about not getting enough possession of the ball during a game.
“I said, ‘There’s no I in team,’ and he said, ‘Yeah, but there’s a M-E in motherfucker.’”
The service concluded with a performance by Christina Aguilera. You can see Jordan, Shaq and Beyonce’s tributes above.