Philipp Plein Issues Statement on Kobe Bryant Tribute in Fall Show

The Internet was very upset with Philipp Plein over the weekend.
The designer presented his fall collection in Milan last weekend and paid tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, with purple and gold-encrusted hoodies and jerseys bearing the number 24, Bryant’s second jersey number and Plein’s name in the Los Angeles Lakers font. The extravagant show also had gold Philipp Plein-branded helicopters, planes and yacht on set, with the helicopter drawing the ire of many who were outraged at the thoughtlessness and the capsule collection.
The designer issued a statement on Monday saying, “The catwalk set-up was already planned and designed in November 2019, way before this tragic accident occurred, this is the reason why they were gilded helicopters on the runway. I would have clearly removed them if possible, but it was too late to replace them.”
Many took to social media to express their outrage, claiming that Plein was capitalizing on the tragic accident that claimed the lives of the Bryants and seven of their friends and teammates. The show also commenced days before the tribute memorial for the Bryants.
Regarding the tribute capsule, Plein said he decided to “celebrate Kobe Bryant’s legacy” with the capsule collection “and made clear

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Clippers’ Rivers sees catharsis in Kobe memorial

Doc Rivers attended the Kobe Bryant memorial on Monday in Los Angeles and said he thought it was the first time family, friends and the city could start to move from grieving to celebrating the Lakers great’s life.
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Stars Honor Kobe & Gigi Bryant at Celebration of Life Memorial

From Beyonce to Michael Jordan, many stars join the thousands of fans at the Staples Center to celebrate the lives of the NBA star & his daughter. See the touching moments.
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Beal 1st since Kobe to score 50 two nights in row

Bradley Beal became the first player since Kobe Bryant to score 50 points on back-to-back nights when he dropped 55 in the Washington Wizards’ 137-134 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
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Vanessa Bryant leads memorial for Kobe, Gianna

Vanessa Bryant called Kobe ‘the MVP of girl dads’ and predicted that her daughter Gianna could have become ‘the best player in the WNBA’ at the public memorial for both of them Monday.
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The intersection of emotion at Kobe Bryant’s memorial

On Feb. 24, thousands gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate the life of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others who died in a helicopter crash. These were the moments in the margins of the spotlight.
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Mamba forever: The iconic images of Kobe Bryant

There is some saving grace to a career chronicled on screen. We have photos that captured his essence, images to look back on, to hold onto, to carry on.

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The stories the people closest to Kobe keep remembering

People close to Kobe Bryant share the stories they’re looking back on ahead of Monday’s memorial.
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D-Wade echoes Kobe in Heat jersey retirement

Dwyane Wade said he wanted to follow Kobe Bryant’s example as he heads into true retirement from basketball at his jersey-retirement ceremony in Miami on Saturday.
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Pilot in Kobe crash violated visibility rules in ’15

Ara Zobayan, the pilot of the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe Bryant, himself and seven others, was reprimanded in 2015 for flying into airspace with reduced visibility without permission.
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Dwyane Wade Shares His Favorite Off-the-Court Kobe Bryant Memory

Dwyane Wade, Kobe BryantDwyane Wade is still mourning the loss of his friend and colleague, Kobe Bryant.
It was only a month ago that the legendary basketball player passed away in a helicopter crash in…

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Jennifer Hudson Gives Touching Kobe Bryant Tribute at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game

Jennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson swept everyone away on Sunday night.
During the 2020 NBA All-Star game, the Oscar winner paid a special tribute to the late Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna…

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Magic leads tributes to Kobe at All-Star Game

Sunday’s All-Star Game was all about remembering Kobe Bryant. Magic Johnson gave a pregame speech, Jennifer Hudson performed “For All We Know (We May Never Meet Again),” and Common rapped, “Even in the darkest times, you’ll feel Kobe’s light.”
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Dwayne Wade Recalls Heartwarming Kobe Bryant Memory

The former NBA star opens up about a touching off-the-court memory with Kobe who he considered "family." Hear what Dwayne has to say.
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Shaquille O’Neal Opens Up About Kobe Bryant’s ”Special” Bond With His Kids

Shaquille ONeal, Kobe BryantIt’s a bittersweet night for those who knew and loved Kobe Bryant.
On Sunday, sports’ biggest stars celebrated the 2020 NBA All-Star weekend at the United Center in…

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Shaquille O'Neal Opens Up About Friendship With Kobe Bryant

The retired basketball player reacts to NBA naming the MVP award after Kobe Bryant. Plus, what does Shaq think about the controversy with the slam dunk contest?
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Barack Obama on Kobe Bryant’s Death: ‘Nothing Is More Heartbreaking’

President Barack Obama spoke about the heartbreaking deaths of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and the seven other victims of the shocking helicopter crash last month. “That loss is something that I know many are still grappling with — particularly, Kobe, because he was with his daughter and those families and those children. And those […]

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NBA All-Star Game MVP award named for Kobe

The NBA has named the All-Star Game MVP award for the late Kobe Bryant, an 18-time All-Star who won a record-tying four All-Star Game MVP awards, commissioner Adam Silver announced Saturday.
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Queen Latifah Honors Kobe Bryant During Her 2020 NBA All-Star Performance

Queen Latifah, 2020 NBA All-Star WeekendQueen Latifah proves why she’s… well, the queen.
On Saturday evening, the legendary star commanded the stage at the 2020 NBA All-Star game with a stellar performance and touching…

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Kobe, Stern honored as All-Star festivities begin

The NBA honored two of its legendary figures, Kobe Bryant and former commissioner David Stern, as the league’s All-Star Weekend began Friday night.
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Kobe, Duncan, Garnett headline HOF finalists

Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens, Eddie Sutton and Rudy Tomjanovich are the 2020 finalists for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Kobe, daughter buried Feb. 7 near family’s home

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were buried Friday in a cemetery near the family’s Southern California home, according to death certificates.
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How Kobe Bryant’s Death Inspired Amber Rose to Get Her Face Tattoo

Amber RoseAmber Rose isn’t letting the haters get to her.
The 36-year-old star recently debuted her face tattoo on Instagram, which pays tribute to her two kids, Sebastian Thomaz and Slash…

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How Kobe Bryant’s Death Inspired Amber Rose to Get Her Face Tattoo

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Kobe Bryant & Gianna Have Been Laid to Rest

A private funeral was held for the NBA legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gigi two weeks after their fatal helicopter crash.
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Rose McGowan slams Snoop Dogg for Kobe Bryant interview controversy

In the same Twitter post, McGowan insisted Bryant deserved to be praised for acknowledging his mistake by apologising to his accuser.
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Spike Lee honors Kobe with outfit at Oscars

Spike Lee arrived at Sunday’s Academy Awards wearing a purple-and-gold suit with Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 on the lapels and the back.
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NTSB: Kobe copter was 100 feet from clear skies

The pilot of the helicopter that crashed near Los Angeles, killing Lakers star Kobe Bryant and eight others, rose to 2,300 feet, just 100 feet from what camera footage later reviewed by the NTSB showed was the top of the clouds, federal authorities said.
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Nicki Minaj Sheds Tears for Kobe Bryant, Cheers for Larry David in Unfiltered Q&A

Nicki Minaj clearly felt comfortable with the interviewer when she sat for an hour-long Q&A Wednesday as part of the Pollstar Live conference at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Her interrogator was her manager, Irving Azoff, who she’s just as frank with — and about — now that they’re enjoying a professional partnership as she was […]

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How Kobe changed the life of one WNBA player

Fourteen years ago, Reshanda Gray was a directionless at-risk youth living in South Central Los Angeles — until she met the Lakers legend.

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How Kobe changed the life of one WNBA player

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Jay-Z, Kevin Hart and More Honor Kobe Bryant at the Fanatics Super Bowl Party

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On Saturday, the industry’s biggest stars flocked to the Fanatics party at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel ahead of the 2020 Super Bowl.
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NBA, Nike to Tribute Kobe and Gianna Bryant at All-Star Weekend

The Black Mamba and Mambacita are getting a tribute from the NBA at All-Star Weekend in Chicago from Feb. 14 through 16.
The NBA, NBAPL and Nike have edited the recently unveiled All-Star uniforms to pay homage to Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and their seven friends and teammates that passed away in a helicopter accident on Sunday.
The All-Star Game on Feb. 16, the marquee event of the weekend, will be a competition between Team LeBron, led by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, and Team Giannis, led by the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo. Team LeBron will wear the number 2 for Gianna and Team Giannis the number 24 for Kobe. Both teams will also wear jersey patches featuring nine stars to represent Kobe and Gianna; John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli; Sarah and Payton Chester; Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan, who also died in the accident.
In addition, the league’s rookies and sophomores competing in the NBA Rising Stars challenge on Feb. 14 are wearing patches with the numbers 2 and 24 with nine stars around it, and competitors in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Mtn Dew 3-Point Contest and AT&T Slam Dunk during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Feb. 15 will

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Kobe, Duncan, Garnett among ’20 Hall nominees

Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Chris Bosh headline a stellar 2020 class of potential inductees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Lillard raps at Shaq: ‘Kobe won you them rings’

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard responded to Shaquille O’Neal’s rap song with one of his own that suggests the Hall of Fame center rode on the coattails of his teammates throughout his career.
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Kobe: Titles no longer automatic for Team USA

Kobe Bryant thinks Team USA might have to get used to a new reality of losing in major events.
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Kobe: ‘Nothin but love’ for Shaq after drama

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, who won three titles together with the Lakers, were trending after a quote from Bryant on July 29 surfaced, saying he could have had “12 rings” if O’Neal spent more time in the gym.
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Watch Kobe Bryant Completely Surprise Taylor Swift At Her Concert

Kobe Bryant is showing Taylor Swift incredible things.

The Lakers star surprised the singer onstage with a special banner in honor of her 16th sold out show at the Staples Center, and it was all caught on the venue’s Instagram:

Swift also posted about the moment, proving she was more surprised than anyone with the caption, “The banners up at Staples Center right now because WHAT IS LIFE EVEN:”

The banners up at Staples Center right now because WHAT IS LIFE EVEN

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There was actual singing at the concert, too. Swift spent part of the night rocking out on stage with One Republic frontman Ryan Tedder:

Tedder and Bryant just become the latest superstars to join Swift during her 1989 tour, with other celebs including everyone Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to reality star Kendall Jenner.

We don’t know which famous people will be appearing next, but we’re pretty sure she’s going to run out of Twitter characters thanking everyone one of these days:

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Kobe keeps faith that Lakers’ brass has plan

Kobe Bryant, having watched Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo not join him in Los Angeles, still firmly believes in the Lakers’ hierarchy to come up with a plan to turn it around.
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Kobe passes MJ for 3rd on NBA’s scoring list

Kobe Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list Sunday and moved into third place behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.
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