The statue features the basketball star – wearing his number 24 Lakers jersey -- with his arm wrapped around his 13-year-old daughter’s shoulder. Gianna rocks her basketball uniform with the number 8. Both Kobe and his daughter are smiling.
Across the front of the statue is the saying, “Heroes come and go, but legends are forever," along with the names of the seven other victims of the crash, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester and pilot Ara Zobayan.
Medina told TMZ that the statue was only temporary, and that he planned to remove it at sundown. The artist also added that he hoped the city would allow him to do a more permanent tribute one day.
Kobe’s sister, Sharia Washington, honored her late brother and niece as well. "❤️❤️ 'It’s the one thing you can control. You are responsible for how people remember you — or don’t. So don’t take it lightly,” she wrote next to pictures of bracelets with her brother and niece's names.
“If you do it right, your game will live on in others. You’ll be imitated and emulated by those you played with, those you played against and those who never saw you play at all. So leave everything on the court. Leave the game better than you found it. And when it comes time for you to leave, leave a legend.' #mamba #mambacita #belegendary 🕊🕊❤️❤️🐍🐍"