Rob Pelinka, the Lakers’ general manager, spoke on his friendship with Kobe and being a #girldad.
Pelinka began his speech by asking if the crowd remembered where the were on the day the helicopter crash describing it as “when the axis of the world seemed to shift forever for all of us?”
The Lakers manager spoke on how he was texting Kobe before the crash, and how despite wanting to put the phone, he felt a “nudge” to reply.
Kobe was texting him for help to secure an internship for Lexi Altobelli, whose dad Orange Coast College Coach John Altobelli, mom Keri Altobelli, and sister Alyssa Altobelli, also died in the crash.
“He wanted to use his platform to bless and shape a young girls future,” Pelinka said.
—Variety (@Variety) February 24, 2020