Sikhs donning Kobe Bryant t-shirts pay tributes to basketball legend at US Gurdwara
NEW YORK: Several Sikhs wearing Kobe Bryant t-shirts within the US state of California organised a prayer service for the basketball legend who was killed during a helicopter crash outside l. a. last month.
The meet was organised in Gurdwara Nanaksar in Fresno city on Monday, before a memorial service for Bryant and his daughter Gianna on February 24 at the Staples Center in downtown l. a. .
The 41-year-old Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine people killed within the January 26 helicopter crash within the Santa Monica Mountains west of l. a. .
Multiple reports suggested that the chopper was flying under cloudy conditions.
Bryant was a household name in every Sikh home, consistent with basketball media outlet Ball Don't Stop which posted on Twitter an image of the Gurdwara showing Sikh worshippers praying for the basketball legend.
"Sikhs praying for Kobe and therefore the victims at the temple. This hits home. Kobe Bryant was a household name in every Sikh home. Your grandpa and grandma didn't know what hoop was, but they knew Kobe.
"They skills special he was," it said during a tweet.
Ekam Nagra, the founding father of Ball Don't Stop media outlet, praised Bryant during a video message posted on his Instagram and Twitter handles, saying he considers him the simplest player of the game ever.
"We haven't seen this sort of mastery at this level, Michael (Jordan) included. I even have never seen a man that polished, that complete. He was fundamentally sound, knowing when to form a particular move, knowing the way to counter that move.
"This dude had everything within the toolbox unmatched. i'm sorry Michael didn't see these sorts of dudes within the opposition," Nagra said.
Bryant and his daughter Gianna were buried last week near their family range in Newport Beach, California during a private ceremony, consistent with media reports.
His wife Vanessa on Monday expressed her grief on Instagram, saying "my brain refuses to simply accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone".
Bryant played with the l. a. Lakers.