Chicago natives Jennifer Hudson and Common opened up the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago on Sunday (Feb. 16) with emotional tributes to basketball legend Kobe Bryant.
Before tipoff, Hudson took to the stage on the court docket to sing a ravishing rendition of the basic “For All We Know” as pictures of Kobe and his daughter Gianna (aka “Gigi”) had been displayed on an enormous display behind her.
Prior to taking middle court docket, Hudson was launched by NBA icon and businessman Magic Johnson, who mentioned he needed everybody to “come together” to honor Bryant and former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who handed away on New Year’s Day.
“We will never see another basketball player quite like Kobe,” Johnson mentioned. “He was passionate about being a great father, husband, filmmaker.”
As the gang began chanting “Kobe, Kobe, Kobe,” Johnson referred to as for a quick eight seconds of silence to honor the NBA legend.
Following Hudson’s efficiency, Common took to middle court docket for a efficiency praising fellow Chicago natives Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade, Isiah Thomas, and former President Barack Obama, whereas additionally honoring Kobe Bryant.
“He used his game to touch the world’s soul, a king named Kobe Bryant who wore purple and gold,” Common mentioned.
Kobe Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna had been amongst 9 others who had been killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26th.
The different seven individuals who misplaced their lives had been pilot Ara Zobayan, Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli, his spouse Keri Altobelli, their 14-year-old daughter Alyssa Altobelli, Harbor Day School basketball coach Christina Mauser, Gigi’s basketball teammate, 13-year-old Payton Chester, and Payton’s mom, Sarah Chester.
A public memorial for Kobe, Gigi and the seven different victims will likely be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday, February 24th.