A New Basketball hall opened in the name of Kobe, just 4 hours before the crash.

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Just 4 hours before the basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Monday, a new basketball hall was opened in Philippines, named in his honor.

Basketball being the national sport in the country, Kobe Bryant has always been hugely popular in the Philippines.

He visited the country seven times over the years, winning him the affection of Philippine basketball fans.

The wall of the new basketball center has now become a tribute to the former LA Lakers player.

For many in the Philippines, Kobe’s life represented the ideals of Filipino values and sensibilities.

He was a humble, hardworking family man who remained loyal to his team, serving the Los Angeles Lakers for his entire 20-year career.

On Monday, news channels were rolling on the story of Kobe’s death, carrying tributes from various Philippines sports stars and celebrities.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial told GMA News that his organisation had lost a “dear friend” in Kobe Bryant.

“Kobe was an exceptional basketball player,” said Mr Marcial.

“But beyond his athletic skills, he was known for his caring heart and love of family.

“His life was an inspiration and a lesson to everyone that with hard work, dedication and self-sacrifice, nothing is impossible.”