Ticket prices for the game between the Lakers and hometown rival Los Angeles Clippers were certain to be at astronomical prices anyway, but the get-in prices in the wake of Bryant’s death skyrocketed.
A quick glance on Stubhub’s website shows that the cheapest ticket price for one person to get into the game Tuesday night was at $1,189 to sit in the Upper Corner 332 section of the arena.
The best available seats left as of Monday afternoon for a single person were in Loge Center 119 and they were going for $12,875.
Courtside seats were seen going for upward of $50,000.
Bryant and his daughter were among the nine who were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning.
Bryant is now expected to be enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame in the summer in his first year of eligibility. He is expected to join Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan as members of the 2020 class.
Bryant was selected in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He was subsequently traded to the Lakers for Vlade Divac before the start of the 1996-97 season. It proved to be one of the most important trades in NBA history.
Bryant would help lead the Lakers to five NBA championships and was a part of one of the best NBA dynasties alongside Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant and O’Neal won three straight NBA titles from 1999 to 2002. He then won two rings with Pau Gasol in 2009 and 2010.
“The Black Mamba” wrapped up his playing career in 2016. He played his final game against the Utah Jazz and finished with an epic performance – 60 points, four rebounds and four assists.
He finished his career as an 18-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA team selection, 12-time All-NBA Defensive Team selection, two time NBA Finals MVP and the 2008 NBA MVP.