AC Milan paid tribute to Kobe Bryant before and during their 4-2 Coppa Italia win over Torino at San Siro on Tuesday night.
Bryant, who grew up in Italy between the ages of 6 and 13, was a devout Milan fan. The 18-time NBA All-Star with the Los Angeles Lakers died on Sunday along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California.
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As Milan and Torino warmed up before the game, the words “Legends Never Die” and “SempreKobe” — a play on the “SempreMilan,” or “AlwaysMilan,” hashtag often used by the club — were displayed on the advertising boards around the San Siro while images of Bryant were shown on the giant screen.
Shortly before the teams walked out for kick-off, the stadium was darkened and the public announcer paid tribute to Bryant while fans applauded and held up phone lights. The song ‘Who wants to live forever’ by Queen was then played.
Several supporters wore Lakers jerseys with Bryant’s name on the back.