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. >> a three-peat and a sweep. >> fourth nba championship. >> the l.a. lakers, the 2010 nba champions! >> that was the first time i knew of the greatness. >> think about what should i do to motivate this guy, this guy, this guy? >> 81-point game. >> olympic champion, the united states of america. >> ball's down. and he is hurting. but the lakers need him at the free-throw line. got it. >> a 60-point game. what an exit for number 24. >> and the oscar goes to -- "dear basketball." >> tennis kicked our behind. >> he didn't just show up at game. he was deeply involved in them. >> coaching the kids is the most important thing we can do. >> you couldn't have written this.
or chick hearn is listening to it all. in 1996, our next speaker faced a 18-year-old kobe bryant on the court for the first time, midway through the game while playing kobe asked him for tips on his jump shot. kobe scored 33 points that game against his boyhood idol. michael scored 36 an won the game, too. please welcome, michael jordan. [ applause ] >> i would say good morning but
it's afternoon. i'm grateful to vanessa and bryant family for the opportunity to speak today. i'm grateful to be here to honor gigi and celebrate the gift that kobe gave us all. what he accomplished as a basketball player, as a businessman and a storyteller and as a father. in the game of basketball, in life, as a parent, kobe left nothing in the tank. he left it all on the floor. [ applause ] maybe it surprised people that
kobe and i were very close friends. but we were very close friends. kobe was my dear friend. he was like a little brother. everyone always wanted to talk about the comparisons between he and i. i just wanted to talk about kobe. you know all of us have brothers and sisters, little brothers, little sisters, who for whatever reason tend to get in your stuff, your closet, your shoes, everything. it was a nuisance. if i can say that word. but that nuisance turned into love. over a period of time. just because the admiration that they had for you as big brothers
or big sisters. the questions, the wanting to know every little detail about life that they were about to embark on. he used to call me, text me, 11:30, 2:30, 3:00 in the morning. talking about post-up moves, footwork and sometimes the triangle. at first it was an aggravation. but then it turned into a certain passion. this kid had passion like you would never know. it's an amazing thing about passion. if you love something, if you have a strong passion for something, you would go to the
extreme to try to understand or try to get it. either ice cream, cokes, hamburgers, whatever you have a love for. you have to walk, you would go get it. if you have to beg someone, you would go get it. what kobe bryant was to me was the inspiration that someone truly cared about the way i played the game or the way that he wanted to play the game. he wanted to be the best basketball player that he could be. and as i got to know him i wanted to be the best big brother that i could be. [ applause ] to do that, you had to put up
with the aggravation, the late-night calls or the dumb questions. i took great pride as i got to know kobe bryant that he was just trying to be a better person, a better basketball player. we talked about business. we talked about family. we talked about everything. and he was just trying to be a better person. now he's got me. i to look at a crying meme for the next -- [ cheers & applause ]
i told my wife i wasn't going to do this because i didn't want to see that for the next three or four years. that is what kobe bryant does to me. i'm pretty sure vanessa and his friends all can say the same thing. he knows how to get to you in a way that affects you personally. even though if he's being a pain in the ass. but he always -- if you have a sense of love for him and the way that he can bring out the best in you. he did that for me. i remember maybe a couple months ago he sends me a text. and he's saying, i'm trying to teach my daughter some moves. and i don't know what i was thinking or what i was working on but what would you -- what were you thinking about when you
were trying to -- as you were growing up trying to work on your moves? i said, what age? he says, 12. [ laughter ] i said, 12. i was trying to play baseball. he sends me a text back saying laughing my ass off. and this is at 2:00 in the morning. but the thing about him was we could talk about anything that related to basketball but we can talk about anything that related to life. and as we grew up in life rarely have friends that we can have conversations like that. well, it's even rare when you can grow up against adversaries and have conversations like that. i went and saw phil jackson in
1999, maybe 2000. i don't know when phil was here. in l.a. and i walk in and kobe's sitting there. and the first thing -- i'm in a suit. first thing kobe said, did you bring your shoes? no, i wasn't thinking about playing. but his attitude to compete and play against someone he felt like he could enhance and game his game with. to me, that's what i loved about the kid. absolutely loved about the kid. no matter where he saw me, it was a challenge. and i admired him because his passion, you rarely see someone who's looking and trying to improve each and every day. not just in sports but as a parent, as a husband. i am inspired by what he's done and what he shared with vanessa and what he shared with his
kids. i have a daughter who's 30 who just -- i became a grandparent. and i have two twins. i have twins at 6. [ applause ] i can't wait to get home to become a girl dad. and to hug them and to see the love that they -- and the smiles they bring to us as parents. he taught me that just by looking at this tonight. looking at how he responded and reacted with the people he loved. these are the things we will continue to learn from kobe bryant. to vanessa, natalia, bianka, capri, my wife and i will keep you close in our hearts and our prayers. we will always be here for you. always. i also want to offer our condolences and support to all of the families affected by this
enormous tragedy. kobe gave every last ounce of himself. to whatever he was doing. after basketball, he showed a creative side to himself that i didn't think any of us knew he had. in retirement, he seemed so happy. he found new passions. and he continued to give back as a coach. in his community. more importantly, he was an amazing dad, amazing husband who dedicated himself to his family and who loved his daughters. with all his heart. kobe never left anything on the court. and i think that's what he would want for us to do. no one knows how much time we
have. that's why we must live in the moment. we must enjoy the moment. we must reach and see and spend as much time as we can with our families and friends and the people we absolutely love. to live in the moment means to enjoy each and every one we come in contact with. when kobe bryant died, a piece of me died. and as i look in this arena and across the globe, a piece of you died. or else you wouldn't be here. those are the memories that we have to live with and we learn from. i promise you from this day forward i will live with the memories of knowing that i had a little brother that i tried to help in every way i could. please, rest in peace, little bro. [ applause ]
[ applause ] >> speak a group of people about kobe bryant, i -- text hall of fame -- one of kobe's -- imagine. >> all right. you are just watching the celebration of life and legacy of basketball giant kobe bryant. his 13-year-old daughter gianna and seven other victims killed in a helicopter crash killed in calabasas last month at staples
center, called the house that kobe built. his career spanned two decades and five nba championships. h his family chose because of the date. 24 kobe wore from 2006 until his retirement in 2016. kobe's daughter gianna was a rising basketball star in her own right and wore number 2 when she played basketball. proceeds go to a charity that helps underserved communities and children who can't afford to participate in sports. vanessa bryant says she changed the name of the sports foundation because there was no 24 without number 2. joining me is nbc news correspondent steve patterson live outside the staples center in los angeles. steve, good afternoon to you. tell me what fans have been telling you all day. >> reporter: good afternoon. fans have been saying all day long they couldn't wait to get inside. no matter what was going to happen inside there.
now we know sort of how this all unveils. such a somber, a thoughtful, such a celebratory ceremony that we have seen here play out with some of the people that loved and respected kobe bryant the most. as we've been hearing from the voices inside there. back to you. >> steve, thank you so much. we are going to go back to the service. we had some technical issues but we have that service back for you right now. [ applause ] >> yeah, sometimes like immature kids we argued, bought, bantered, i salted each other with offhand remarks. make no mistake. even when folks thought we were on bad terms, when the cameras were turned off -- we never took it seriously. in truth, kobe and i always maintained a deep respect and a love for one another. the day i gained -- the day kobe gained my respect was the guys
were complaining. said, shaq, kobe's not passing the ball. i said, i'll talk to him. i said, kobe, there's no "i" in team. kobe said, i know but there's an m-e in that motherfucker. so i went back. so i went back and told rick and big shot bob. just get the rebound. he's not passing. mamba, you were taken away from us way too soon. your next chapter of life is just beginning but now it's time for us to continue your legacy. you said yourself that everything negative, pressure, challenges is all opportunity for me to rise. so we now take that sage advice and now rise from anguish and begin with the healing. just know that we got your back, little brother. i'll look after things down
here. i'll be teach to your daughters all your moves and i promise them i won't teach them my free throw techniques. [ laughter ] but for now, i take comfort in the fact as we speak kobe and gigi are holding hands walking to the nearest basketball court. kobe will show her new mamba moves and gigi masters them. kobe, you're heaven's mvp. my man, rest in peace, kobe. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you so much for tonight. but, you know, it is not -- it's not about my jerseys that are hanging up there for me. you know? it is about the jerseys hanging
up there before. without them, i couldn't be here today. they inspired me to play the game at a high level and it's also about the next generation. embodying the spirit that exists in those jerseys up there and carrying this organization forward so that the next 20 years are better than the past 20 years and that's what it's about. and then it's also about the fans. fans -- and it's about family. it's about my wife vanessa. you know, you guys don't know this but my last game that we had here against utah jazz i was really tired. i don't know if i can do this thing. i got one more game left. i don't have any legs.
she said, i want to show you something. i have a gift for you for your last game. she proceeded to show me a row of retired jerseys from baylor, from magic, from shaq, from cap all with personal messages signed to me including from michael jordan, including from the great bill russell, including from the great larry bird and when i saw that i knew then i had to turn it up. i had to turn it up. of so thank you, baby, for being an inspiration to me. and lastly, our daughters. natalia, gianna and bianka. i hope that tonight is not -- you guys know that if you do the work, work hard enough, dreams come true. thank you so much. i love you. mamba out.
>> christina aguilera. >> thank you. >> thank you, christina. that was beautiful. and in italian, as well. thank you. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. kobe, as you know, had big plans after basketball. he had many interests. one of them was film. one of them was the mamba and mambacita foundation. he published books. but he wanted to make movies. and of course, because he is kobe bryant, the first movie he made won an oscar.
shooting imaginary dunk shots in the great western form, i knew one thing was real. i fell in love with you. a love so deep i gave you my all. from my mind and body, to my spirit and soul. as a 6-year-old boy deeply in love with you, i never saw the end of the tunnel. i only saw myself running out of one. and so i ran. i ran up and down every court after every loose ball for you. you asked for my hustle. i gave you my heart. because it came with so much more. i played for the sweat and the hurt.
not because challenge called you. but because you called me. i did everything for you. because that's what you do when someone makes you feel as alive and you've made me feel. you gave a 6-year-old boy his laker dream an i'll always love you for it. but i can't love you obsessively for much longer. this season is all i have left to give. my heart can take the pounding. my mind can handle the grind. but my body knows it's time to say good-bye. and that's okay. i'm ready to let you go. i want you to know now so we both can savor every moment we
have left together. the good and the bad. we have given each other all that we have. we both know that no matter what i do next, i'll always be that kid with the rolled up socks, garbage can in the corner, five seconds on the clock, ball in my hands. five, four, three, two, one. ♪ love you always. kobe.
[ applause ] >> well, there you have it. thank you, vanessa. we love you. we love your kids. we'll pray for you and for the chester alt belly, smauser and zobayan families. please support the foundation. it is what kobe and gigi would have wanted. thank you for coming and don't forget. work hard and hug the people you love. good afternoon, everyone. [ applause ]
>> kobe! kobe! kobe! ♪ >> as you saw, thousands of fans and a host of sports greats gathered to say farewell to kobe and gianna at the staples center. they died in a helicopter crash last month. we wanted to show you the touched montage that started the ceremony. ♪ but i know i will one day ♪ everybody hurts sometimes everybody hurts some day ♪ ♪ everything will be all right
just say ♪ >> if you do the work, work hard enough, dreams come true. those times you get up early and work hard, those times you stay up late and work hard, those times you don't feel like working, too tired but you do it anyway. that is actually the dream. that's the dream. it's not destination. it's the journey. if you guys can understand that, then what you will see happen is that you won't accomplish your dreams. your dreams won't come true. something greater will. ♪ there's a time that i remember ♪ ♪ when i never felt so lost ♪ and i felt all the hatred was too powerful to start ♪ ♪ my heart feel like a number ♪ and it's lighting up the dark ♪ ♪ for you and you know i'll never try ♪ ♪ yeah everybody hurts sometimes everybody hurts some day ♪
♪ everything will be all right just say ♪ ♪ here's to the ones that we got ♪ ♪ cheers to the wish you were here but you're not because the dreams bring back all the memories of everything we've been through ♪ ♪ toast to the ones here today ♪ toast to the one that is we lost on the way because the dreams bring back all the memories ♪ ♪ and the memories bring back memories ♪ ♪ memories bring back you ♪ ♪ memories bring back memories bring back you ♪ >> you guys will always be in my heart. i sincerely mean it. thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. god, i love you guys. i love you guys. ♪ ♪ memories bring back memories bring back you ♪
>> what can i say? mamba out. >> let's go again to nbc news correspondent steve patterson live outside the staples center in los angeles. steve, we heard from vanessa bryant, an emotional speech, michael jordan, shaq. i'm sure as fans come out of the arena now there's probably not a dry eye. >> reporter: fans streaming out behind me now. this is everything that we wanted and expected from a celebration of a legend. we laughed. we cried. i can point to several times i almost lost it watching along where shaq talking about his teammate. michael jordan talking about his younger brother and the moment we were waiting to hear from, as this whole thing started, since the crash, vanessa bryant finally giving a tearful tribute and talking about the love of her life and obviously her young
daughter that she so loved and adored. it was incredibly powerful to watch even from where we are here. i can't imagine what the fans inside must have felt to be in that arena. and to see not only the touching tributes on stage but also the emotional, powerful musical tributes of beyonce, christina aguilera, the big-name act that is came out to support and talk about the legend and legacy that kobe leaves behind and speaking to so many people before walking in, people spoke about how they grew up with kobe. as they grew, he grew alongside them and so that comradery even though they didn't know him personally, they felt that emotional toll for basically every point in his life until his death. and so, i think it was really a c coalesing moment for the country and for the city of of los angeles. kobe bryant came to be known as one of the city's favorite sons.
someone that represented the mentality, the mind state of people that live here and so there's such a deep connection to his legacy and what he did on the court and off the court in so many different communities across the city. it is great to finally have a moment where all of of that coaless and provided i think folks inside and across the country. a really truly amazing ceremony. >> talk to me about the tone. we know that incredibly somber ceremony and we had jimmy kimmel. shaq asked kobe there's no "i" in team but there's a me. there was levity of celebrating the person and as michael jordan said left nothing in the tank. >> reporter: when shaq laid that line out, sitting amongst the media people here, all stationed
here, it was laughter all throughout everything. just, you know, all the moments that you would expect were even better than we expected. particularly as you mentioned the humor. guys and women and coaches and teammates and mentors and mentees that knew this man personally, not as the basketball player, not as the legend or not even as the coach but as the father, as the husband, as the guy that would call at 2:00 in the morning and talk game, as the best friend in the locker room. personal stories that we didn't know existed. we heard this afternoon. i think that was even more powerful that we could not only cry and feel mournful but laugh and smile. so i think it was just waves of relief, sympathy, joy, sadness, really all emotions watching that.
>> steve patterson, thank you so much for that reporting live outside the house that kobe built. coming up, disgraced hollywood mogul harvey weinstein found guilty of rape. we're live at the courthouse right after the break. you are watching msnbc. now, we know the trump strategy- try to win by attacking, distorting, dividing. mr. president: it. won't. work. newspapers report bloomberg is the democrat trump fears most. as president, universal healthcare that lets people keep their coverage if they like it. a record on job creation. a doable plan to combat climate change. i led a complex, diverse city through 9-11 and i have common sense plans to move america away from chaos to progress! i'm mike bloomberg and i approve this message.
we want to update you on some of the other headlines. the new development that harvey weinstein has now been found guilty on two counts. verdict released this morning. the movie producer found guilty of third-degree rape an a count of criminal sexual act in the first degree. nbc's ron allen has been covering this trial. he joins us now from outside the courthouse in manhattan. so, ron, it was days of deliberations. this trial has gone on for some time. a lot of expectation and found guilty on at least two of those counts. >> reporter: a day of reckoning
for harvey weinstein is what people are saying here and a new day for victims of sexual assault. the hope being that more people will be willing to come forward given the fact that this jury believed the allegations against harvey weinstein. at least many of them. enough of them to send him to prison for perhaps 25 years or so. he faces more charges out in los angeles where there are two other accusers who have essentially accused him of similar crimes of rape and sexual assault. here he was convicted in two cases, one an aspiring actress claiming that harvey weinstein raped her in a hotel room here in new york in 2004. the other, a production assistant who claims that weinstein lured her to his apartment here in new york city under the guise of of a business meeting and that he sexually assaulted her in his apartment. there was another case, a third case that the jury considered which would have elevated the
charges to sexual predator status which would have meant a conviction would have meant a jail term of perhaps life. the jury apparently did not believe that enough to a reasonable doubt. that's the case back to as far as 1993 or 4 with an actress sciorra. the that's a sense of the scale of the case. the prosecutors trying to prove weinstein was a predator over the long period of time, preyed on women and had an m.o. of that. here's a little bit of sound from the prosecutor here cyrus vance under pressure here in new york to bring the cases because we know as many as 100 women allege that weinstein somehow attacked them, assaulted them over the years. here is what he said after the verdicts. >> i owe and we all owe an immense debt to you who had the courage beyond measure to speak
your story to the world, to this courtroom at great personal risk and in great personal pain. to those of us who were privileged to be in the courtroom when they testified, you know what i mean. these survivors weren't just brave. they were heroic. >> reporter: he was referring, of course, to the six women who testified in the trial. although two women whose allegations, whose cases the basis of the trial, the prosecution was allowed to bring testimony from four other accusers, their cases for the most part too old because of statutes of limitation to be tried before a court but, again, because they were going after this charge of sexual predator the jury was allowed to hear from a total of six women and all their stories were unique but basically similar.
and apparently the weight of hearing those cases again and again very emotional testimony in court, katy. jessica mann, the actress who alleges that weinstein raped her at a hotel here, one point the judge had to stop the proceedings because she was so emotional and she had to leave the courtroom. consider what it must have been like for her to go through this. these are -- all these accusers, so many had a mortal fear of harvey weinstein. >> yeah. >> reporter: that's why it was so difficult for so many to come forward. of all these accusers, there have been a handful who have been brave enough and heroic to come forward and the cases to prosecutors to take on. the hope, the expectation, advocates and other survivors is that more people come forward seeing what happened here today and being hailed as a heroic day, a turning point perhaps. just a seminole moment in the me too movement. >> much like the cosby verdict
that day and what happened after that. it's a day of reckoning for harvey weinstein, certainly. it's been years of reckoning for men and some women in positions of power in this me too movement. last time we checked in on this trial before the verdict was read, ron, there was a note from the jury that they were split on a couple of the charges. can you explain what happened there? >> reporter: yeah. they were hung on the two most serious charges, that weinstein was a sexual predator. which meant that he had attacked at least two women. in this trial, the underlying charges were the charges of rape and sexual assault against two women. the prosecutors were able to bring in a third case and if they were able to prove that case which was a case of rape that happened allegedly back in 1993 or '94 they would have been able to get him on a sexual predator charge. little disappointment, some disappointment that didn't happen. of course, there was a lot of
anger, emotional, passion. people wanted to see harvey weinstein have the book thrown at him figuratively and physically. a lot of ranger of what he did. it had been so long rumored that harvey weinstein was something of a predator in hollywood. and this was below the surface in the shadows for so long. you know, it is hard to underestimate or overstate how difficult it is for these young women to come forward, to take part of this case. think about their lives for a last number of years in the public eye and spotlight and the harsh public spotlight. the defense attorney for harvey weinstein in some ways ridiculed some women saying that he was, of course, they said he was innocent, they said that all this -- end macy was consensual and she made a point to say that the women should take responsibility and accept responsibility for the choices that they made, the things they did, essentially trying to turn
the tables on them. this was not an easy case and a lot of legal erxperts will tell you that prosecutors do not take cases, particularly when a crime is allegedly happened and the accuser continues the both women had intimate encounters with him after the crime. which made it messy. as the prosecutor put it, he said rape is rape, whether it's in a dark alley or in an intimate relationship. and that new thinking or different thinking was at the heart of the case. as you know the prosecutors brought on an expert a psychologist who was there to essentially debunk myths about how victims of sexual assault act. that they do, in fact, sometimes remain relationships with their accusers because they're afraid.
and they don't report them for a myriad of reasons. >> i think what it's done is show us relationships are more comp llkted than they may look like on the outside and power dynamics. the power imbalance can mean you stay in something when you're not comfortable being in something. that you acwees to the more powerful person. it just means you have other interests that you're worried about. you're worried about your career, your reputation and what that can mean for your decision making. doesn't mean you're a party to the assault, it means you're a victim to the assault. this whole movement has shown a lighten the way women are treated up and down society and it's empowered women, given them voice and made it very clear that things like this, the most
extreme cases, and even some of the more moderate -- more moderately, negative or bad behavior is not accessible, not norm tool treat women this way. ron allen. ron, thank you so much for your coverage. and coming up, stocks fell today sharply as the number of coronavirus cases outside china has surged. and fears the spread of the virus could trigger a global economic slowdown are on the rise. year going to take a closer look after the break. when life throws type 2 diabetes your way,... why wait? hit back now. farxiga, along with diet and exercise,... ...helps lower a1c in adults with type 2 diabetes.
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and another big story we've been following this afternoon is the huge sell off on wall street due to impact of the coronavirus outbreak. we're looking live right now at the big board. the dow jones industrial average is down about 900 points. earlier it was down more than 1,000 points. and the nasdaq is the s&p 500 are also taking a big hit today. so, let's find out what exactly is happening with sue herrera. what is happening? >> reporter: well, the market has taken a look at what's
happening with the coronavirus and it was the spread to italy, which now as the pretty much the most confirmed cases in europe. that's what really bothered the market today because now it's not just china and other countries in asia that are really being impacted, but it's europe. and so, as a result of that, the market is worried we may be on the verge of what they're calling a pandemic. now, basically all 11 sectors in the s&p 500, which is the broader market average, have now moved lower today. the airlines are getting hit hard. they're down about 3% overall. there are restrictions to traveling to asia. the cruise lines like marriott and expedia are down sharply. and the dow, based on the number on the screen, has moved negative frathe year. and i don't think it's over yet. i think the market is concerned about the spread or perhaps
better said the lack of containment of the coronavirus. and that's why the market looks like it's going to try to test its lows of the trading day in the three minutes we have left. >> if you're not somebody who's an expert in the markets, what you see on days like this are the market tanks and you wake up in the morning and often times, it's rebounded. >> basically what happens is everybody who has large positions will move to get rid of some of those positions and by that i mean stock holdings, that are exposed to the virus. the travel stocks, the airlines, the starbucks, for instance. they had to close all of their stores. but a lot of times if the market pushes towards the low of the trading session, some of those traders out there will say eventually starbucks is going to open its stores again and the stock is so much cheaper today they'll go in and buy it on the open tomorrow. also, we have overnight headlines that may be coming out
that may say something more positive than what we saw in the trading session as pertains to the virus. the question is whether or not the professional traders feel today's sell off is legitimate or whether it's overdone and whether or not they decide to go in and buy some of the stocks that are now pretty much cheaper than they were a week ago. you look at apple down 3% earlier today. so, there's a lot going on. i doencht think the volatility is over. >> year over year, we're still at record highs? >> the dow just went negative for the year. but we did hit record highs consistently throughout this early trading session of this year. so, the question is whether or not the dow can recoup those losses. but we did briefly move negative and it looks like, based on that number, the dow will be negative. >> thanks for explaining it to us and that will wrap up this hour for me.
i will see you right back here at 5:00 p.m. eastern for "meet the press". "deadline white house" with nicolle wallless starts right now. >> hi, everyone. it's 4:00 in new york and another day of so much breaking news, we can't get the line out. the sports world and beyond mourning the loss of basketball legend, kobe bryant and his daughter, gianna, at a memorial service that just wrapped up today. the political world grappling with an unconventional frontrunner after his divisive win saturday. global financial markets reeling from fears of the coronavirus and the #me too movement hearing one of its loudest legal echoes on two criminal sex counts. first, the markets responding to global fears over the coronavirus, which is now spreading rapidly outside of china. more than 2,000 people are dead.