By Sportsmail Reporter
Published: 00:34 GMT, 1 February 2020 | Updated: 00:57 GMT, 1 February 2020
Los Angeles Lakers have paid tribute to the life of their former star Kobe Bryant by lining every seat in the 20,000-capacity Staples Center with his retired No 24 and No 8 jerseys ahead of the first match since his tragic death.
The Lakers - much like the basketball world - are still reeling from the shock passing of Bryant, who lost his life in a helicopter crash last Sunday, which also claimed the lives of eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
Bryant spent his entire career with the Lakers, winning five NBA Championships and paving the way for LeBron James, who was seen walking past a sign which read: 'Rest in peace Kobe and Gigi' outside the Staples Center before Friday's match.
The LA Lakers paid tribute to Kobe Bryant by laying out jerseys for pre-game ceremony
Bryant's retired No 24 shirts were placed on every seat ahead Lakers' first game since his death
Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and eight others on Sunday
The Lakers will also wear special patches on their shirts with Bryant's initials of KB
LeBron James walks past a sign which reads: 'RIP Kobe and Gigi' before Friday night's match
The Lakers will also wear special patches on their shirts with Bryant's initials to commemorate him.
The basketball legend was traveling in his private helicopter when it crashed in Calabasas, California last weekend.
Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to reports of the