Ocean Casino Resort

ATLANTIC CITY — Ocean Casino Resort honored the late Kobe Bryant by lighting up its rooftop globe as a basketball Sunday night.

Following the news that the former NBA star and eight others, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, had died in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles, Ocean paid homage to the basketball legend. 

The massive sphere, which has a 40-foot diameter and is made up of 280,000 programmable LED lights, sits atop the 710-foot tall casino hotel. The LED lights can reportedly be seen from 10 miles away. 

Bryant, 41, retired from basketball in 2016. During his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, he won five NBA championships and was an 18-time All-Star, league MVP in 2008, Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010, named to the league's All-Defensive team 12 times and was a two-time Olympic gold medalist. He is fourth on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

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I cover Atlantic City government and the casino industry since joining The Press in early 2018. I formerly worked as a politics & government reporter for NJ Herald and received the First Amendment: Art Weissman Memorial NJPA Award two years in a row.

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