Yesterday, Vanessa Bryant lead a public memorial for Kobe and Gianna. 20,000 fans came together at Staples Center to memorialize Kobe as a girl dad, and basketball legend. Beyoncé and Jimmy Kimmel were in attendance to pay their respects, as well as play a role in the ceremony. Teammates and friends like Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, and Rob Pelinka who received one of the last texts Kobe sent. Each speech had a story to share about the character and greatness of Kobe, as well as the stud of a player Gianna would have become. Christina Aguilera also sang a tribute, followed by Bryant’s short film “Dear Basketball”. Since the sudden and tragic death of all 9 on plane, we’ve been reminded to take advantage of our time on our Earth. Jimmy Kimmel ended the ceremony with that same reminder, “Work hard, and hug the people you love
Vanessa's story about her and Kobe will make you smile ❤️ pic.twitter.com/aoCbeg6w67— ESPN (@espn) February 24, 2020
Battle of the Basketball Gods
All reigns have to come to an end, and on Saturday Kansas took down Baylor. I called it last week, as the most anticipated game of season, and it lived up to the hype. The 64-61 win was hard earned, and a revenge game for the Jayhawks who had previously lost to the Bears by 12. With 2 powerhouse teams, what does this mean exactly? Baylor and Kansas are now tied for first place in the Big 12 standings, each with a 13-1 record. Baylor lost its clear claim for the Big 12 title, and most likely their No. 1 seed for the approaching NCAA Tournament. Don’t get it twisted, the Bears definitely aren’t out of the picture, and it’s kind of nice seeing 2 Big 12 teams go head-to-head for the top spot.
An Upsetting Weekend
We already talked about the Kansas and Baylor game, but that wasn’t the only drama that went down this weekend. Gonzaga, previously No. 2, took a 92-78 loss to BYU. This obviously took Gonzaga down in the rankings, but only by 1. These losing teams placement are all being called into question now, seeing as most lost to some “easy” teams. San Diego State also took their first loss of the season to UNLV. The fact that this team was undefeated, was the best thing the Aztecs had going for them. They aren’t top tier like our Big 12 Buddies, but the idea that they hadn’t lost was going to secure them a high seed. Now, with a 26-1 record (ugh awful I know!) and being unbale to hang with the top dogs, how will they fare going into tournament season?