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Staples Center removes public's massive Kobe Bryant memorial

Posted: 4:57 PM, Feb 03, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-03 16:57:21-05
Kobe Bryant Staples Memorial Basketball
Kobe Bryant Staples Memorial Basketball
Kobe Bryant Staples Memorial Basketball
Kobe Bryant Basketball

LOS ANGELES — A massive memorial created by the public outside Staples Center after the death of former Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is being dismantled, with an official saying some of the items will go to Bryant's widow.

Staples Center President Lee Zeidman says the cleanup of flowers, balloons, jerseys, stuffed toys and other items began at 4 a.m. Monday, and more than 1,300 basketballs had been boxed up by midmorning.

Fans spontaneously began creating the memorial in a plaza outside the arena when word surfaced that Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, and it continued to grow for a week.