When the Los Angeles Lakers take the court for the first time since the death of Kobe Bryant on Friday, StubHub will be donating the proceeds from sales to the game to the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. It’ll do the same for a postponed game, too.
“In honor of Kobe and Gigi Bryant, all fees for the January 31st Lakers versus Portland Trailblazers game and the Lakers versus Clippers game – for whenever it is rescheduled – will be donated to the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation,” Akshay Khanna, general manager of sports for StubHub, told USA TODAY Sports in a statement.
Prices for Friday’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center have skyrocketed as many fans want to be present when the franchise is expected to pay tribute to Bryant, who was one of nine people killed in a helicopter crash Sunday. According to StubHub, the lowest ticket price as of Wednesday afternoon was listed for $879.
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The Lakers had been scheduled to play against the crosstown rival Clippers at Staples Center – where both teams call home – on Tuesday. The NBA, however, opted to postpone the game until a later date out of respect for the Lakers organization.
All week long, fans have been gathering outside of the Staples Center to leave flowers, candles, posters, jerseys, and other items in remembrance of Bryant.
Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. They were on their way to an AAU basketball game in foggy conditions.
Bryant played 20 seasons in the NBA, all of them with Los Angeles. He scored 33,643 career points, which had ranked third on the all-time list in NBA history until current Laker LeBron James surpassed him Saturday night. He won five NBA Finals championships and was an 18-time all-star.
James posted a heartfelt tribute to Bryant on his verified Instagram account Monday night in which he said he was “heartbroken and devastated.”
The game against the Trail Blazers is set to tip off at 10:30 ET.