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Donald Trump wants to honor Lakers legend Kobe Bryant with a statue

Donald Trump, Kobe Bryant, Lakers

Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant continues to receive honors and tributes nearly a year after his tragic death.

This time, it will be in the form of a statue in the National Garden of American Heroes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to establish the new monument. The National Garden of American Heroes will feature statues of different historical figures, with Bryant being named among them.

“Heroes who deserve honor, recognition, and lasting tribute because of the battles they won, the ideas they championed, the diseases they cured, the lives they saved, the heights they achieved, and the hope they passed down to all of us – that united as one American people trusting in God, there is no challenge that cannot be overcome and no dream that is beyond our reach,” according to part of the executive order.

Aside from Bryant, other people who will be honored at the National Garden of American Heroes include other athletes, civil rights activists, musicians, past presidents, and other notable names throughout US history.

With Trump on his way out of the White House, however, it is unclear whether President-elect Joe Biden will carry out this executive order once he takes office. A statue of five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant at the National Garden of American Heroes may be one of the first statues erected in honor of the 18-time NBA All-Star, but it certainly won’t be the last, as he is sure to receive one at the Staples Center alongside other Lakers legends.