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LA Lakers place commemorative shirts featuring Kobe Bryant's famous numbers on EVERY seat in 20,000-capacity Staples Center as they prepare for their first game since legend died in tragic helicopter crash La Lakers have paid tribute to Kobe Bryant in first game since his tragic death 20,000 seats at Staples Center has been lined with Bryant's retired jerseys LeBron James and Co will also wear special patches with Bryant's initials on Bryant died along with his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash

By Sportsmail Reporter

Published: 00:34 GMT, 1 February 2020 | Updated: 00:57 GMT, 1 February 2020

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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

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'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

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

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

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

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