To kick off the top of the year with losing icon Kobe Bryant and the icon in the making Gianna Bryant has been hard to a lot of us basketball lovers and lovers of the Mamba Mentality.

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Although it has been weeks and their private service has already happened the family seen fit to invite us all to the public memorial service.

Today NBC News will be live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and daughter Giana Bryant.

You can follow along with the live blog here.

As a reminder, Niagara Falls will be lit up in sync with the Staples Center memorials.