Kobe Bryant Thank You Sign

Kobe Bryant exited in emphatic fashion with a 60-point explosion Wednesday night. But it was really an all-day affair in downtown Los Angeles where the atmosphere resembled Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Early in the morning, workers plastered the exterior of Staples Center with tribute posters. Hours before tip-off, fans flooded the streets and sidewalks outside the arena. Here are some memorable scenes:

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Workers start preparing Staples early Wednesday morning.

 

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Some tickets were being sold more than $17,000.

 

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It is nearly 12 hours before tip-off here.

 

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The Metro stop near Staples Center is temporarily re-named.

 

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Plaza at L.A. Live is packed three hours before tip-off.

 

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Fans write salutes to Kobe.

 

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Anyone help with the Chinese?

 

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Hairy concept.

 

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The street in front of the arena is closed and transformed into a basketball carnival.

 

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This plaza is likely where his statue will be displayed.

 

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Four hours later, he had a 60-point game.

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