'Girl dad' LeBron James to don Gianna's jersey number in the All-Star game

WION Web Team Los Angeles, California, United States of America Feb 04, 2020, 11.16 AM(IST)

LeBron James during his speech for Kobe Bryant Photograph:( AFP )

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When LeBron James was asked why did he decide to have his team wear Gianna's jersey, he replied in one word and that was "Zhuri". 

The NBA has left no stone unturned to pay tribute to former NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant who were killed in a helicopter crash on January 26. The crash took place when they were en route to a basketball match in Thousands Oak, in which Bryant's daughter was expected to play. Former Lakers legend was expected to coach the team.

Also read: NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, among 9 killed in a chopper crash in California

NBA's All-Star game has planned another tribute to the Lakers legend. The match will be played between Team Giannis and Team LeBron. Giannis will don jersey no. 24 to pay their homage to Kobe Bryant, whereas LeBron's team will wear jersey no. 2 to commemorate Gianna Bryant. He said they were given an option between these two jersey numbers and he picked Gianna's jersey number. 

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When LeBron James was asked why did he decide to have his team wear Gianna's jersey, he replied "Zhuri". 

James is a 'girl dad' just like Bryant. He has a daughter named Zhuri, she is LeBron's only child. 

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LeBron was in tears hen he got to know about the crash, he had an emotional speech during the Lakers and Clipper match which got postponed due to the tragic event. He got a tattoo done to pay tribute to Bryant. 

Kobe Bryant has always been vocal about his daughters and how fun it was for him to raise them. He called himself "girl dad". 

LeBron recently surpassed Kobe Bryant in the list of All-Time points scorers in NBA history. He currently stands third. 

The match will take place on February 17, 6:30 AM (IST).