Monday, October 12, 2020

LA Lakers fans chant ‘Kobe’ in streets after NBA championship win before dozens arrested for vandalism

Jubilant Lakers fans took to the streets last night to chant Kobe Bryant's name after their side defeated Miami Heat and clinched a record-tying 17th NBA Championship.

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Hundreds of elated fans flooded the streets surrounding the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles after the Lakers sealed the best-of-seven title series 4-2, restoring the world-famous franchise to the top of the basketball world.

 Fans chanted the name of five-time NBA champion and Lakers legend Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January along with this 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people.

However as the night progressed, celebrations turned violent and multiple businesses were vandalized in the downtown area. More than 75 people were arrested, according to CBS.

Regarded as one of the all-time basketball greats, Bryant spent his entire career at the Lakers and played a pivotal role in their last championship win back in 2010.

Following Sunday night's 106-93 victory over Miami, current Laker's player paid tributes to Bryant  who won 15 all-star awards during an illustrious career spanning two decades. 

"Kobe, I know he's looking down on us super proud," said Lakers forward Anthony Davis. "We miss him, and this is definitely for him."

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