Longtime NBA superfan Lee has a special connection to Bryant.More news: Queen Elizabeth's Grandson Peter Phillips Announces Divorce
The Oscar-winning director accessorized the purple suit with a white shirt dress, a grosgrain bow tie with matching purple hat and glasses. He also wore purple trousers and a pair of Kobe 9 Lows; that's one of 11 signature models in Bryant's line of Nike sneakers constructed to mirror the shoes boxers wear in the ring. The group, which also included Chester's mom and both of Altobelli's buddy, as well as basketball coach Christina Mauser, was traveling to a basketball game when the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter piloted by Ara Zobayan crashed into a hillside.
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"Dear Basketball" was based on a poem Kobe wrote about the sport when he was about to announce his retirement from the hard court in 2015.
Lee further elaborated about his good friend Kobe Bryant while speaking with the red carpet host, Billy Porter. "So you can see the growth, you can see the love".More news: Lapse Footage Shows Massive Iceberg Break From Pine Island Glacier