On January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, marking four years since the tragic incident.

It feels like both a recent and distant memory simultaneously.

The occurrence of tragedy distorts the perception of time.

Bryant, posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, passed away at the age of 41, while Gianna was 13 at the time of their deaths.

They were en route to a basketball match.

Also present were John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan.

Bryant's impact endures through the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA and WNBA (which both have awards in his honor), with Nike, and through the Mamba and Mambacita Foundation.

On February 8, the Lakers will honor Bryant by unveiling a bronze statue at Star Plaza outside of Crypto.com Arena.

"In the City of Angels, he found a home and felt a sense of belonging since coming to this city and joining the Lakers organization," stated Vanessa Bryant.

"As a representative of the Lakers, my daughters, and myself, I am deeply honored to announce the unveiling of his statue right in the heart of Los Angeles, in front of the iconic place recognized as the house that Kobe built. This tribute ensures that his legacy will be celebrated for eternity," expressed Vanessa Bryant.

He will be among six other Lakers commemorated with statues outside the arena: Elgin Baylor, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, and Chick Hearn.

"Kobe Bryant was among the most exceptional athletes ever and one of the most iconic figures in the history of Los Angeles," remarked Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.

"There is no more fitting location to honor Kobe with a statue than right here, at the heart of our city, where everyone can commemorate him and draw inspiration from his extraordinary accomplishments," expressed Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.

The date 2/8/24 incorporates the numbers 8 and 24, which were worn by Bryant during his Lakers career.

A few weeks following Bryant's passing, the NBA declared at the 2020 All-Star Weekend that the All-Star MVP trophy would be dedicated to him and named The Kobe Bryant Trophy.