Kobe Bryant’s Handprints and Footprints Unveiled in Hollywood

The handprints and footprints of Kobe Bryant were unveiled on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 in Los Angeles.

Kobe Bryant’s handprints and footprints were unveiled by his family Wednesday at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

The late Los Angeles Lakers star is the first NBA player to be immortalized on the Los Angeles landmark.

Kobe actually left his imprints in the wet cement in 2011, and they were kept in storage until now. The NBA star’s name, #24 and the date 2-19-11 are written in the block of concrete.

During Wednesday’s ceremony, Vanessa Bryant and her daughters lifted a covering over the imprints as reporters and photographers snapped pictures.

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Vanessa and Kobe’s youngest daughters placed their tiny feet inside their dad’s footprints, making the audience laugh.

The Bryant family was joined by Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and Lakers legend Byron Scott.

Bryant’s oldest daughter Natalia said she was honored to attend the ceremony and paid tribute to her dad.

“Being his daughter was one of the greatest joys of my life,” she said.

Natalia told the crowd she loves movies, especially Star Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel films and The Goonies.

“The reason behind it is that I watched all of these movies with my dad and each of those memories I will never forget,” she shared. “He is the reason I am pursuing film in college, and he is the reason film has inspired me to create memories like ours, for other people to bring more fathers and daughters together like us.”

Kobe also loved film and made history in 2018, as the first NBA player to win an Oscar. He wrote, executive produced and narrated director Glen Keane’s animated short film Dear Basketball, and shared the award with the filmmaker.

Watch the handprint and footprint ceremony below.

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