Kobe Bryant fan dribbles basketball as a marathon tribute for two hours

<pre><pre>Kobe Bryant fan dribbles basketball as a marathon tribute for two hours

A Kobe Bryant fan dripped a basketball during a California half marathon to honor the Lakers legend and the other eight victims of a helicopter accident last month.

Michael Sweet, wearing a Bryant t-shirt, made it 13.1 miles (2:07:37) and just released it to pass it on to other runners.

"I really only did it because I valued Kobe a lot and wanted to do it for him and his family," the 30-year-old told Runner & # 39; s World And on Sunday after the race in Huntington Beach, California I would love it if his family saw how it affected so many people. "

Bryant, 41, was killed when his private helicopter crashed on a hill in Calabasas, California. Other victims were Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna, John Altobelli (56), Keri Altobelli (46), Alyssa Altobelli (13). Christina Mauser (38); Pilot Ara Zobayan (50), Sarah Chester (45) and Payton Chester (13).

The nine drove to Bryant's basketball facility in Thousand Oaks, California, when the helicopter crashed into a hill in the middle of a thick fog.

A week later, and about 70 miles south of the accident, the half-marathon remembered the victims by staying silent for 24.2 seconds (the sweet-shot security guard wore No. 24 in the second half of his career while Gianna, a climber, and upcoming hoopster, wore No. 2).

There was also an eight-second countdown to the race – Bryant wore this number throughout his 20-year career with the Lakers.

"I loved watching Kobe Bryant play, but he was also an amazing person," said Sweet about Bryant, who had to rebuild his reputation after being charged with rape in 2003 (an undisclosed agreement was reached, after the prosecutor refused to testify). "The world really started to watch him become a father and see what he would do for the world that went far beyond basketball."

Bryant has three other daughters, Natalia (17), Bianka (3) and Capri Kobe (7 months). He is also survived by Ms. Vanessa.