The trio will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 29 along with another five basketball greats.
"We continue to live on his legacy and continue to have our hearts heavy," the Los Angeles Lakers star told reporters on Tuesday.
The Oregon Ducks guard is the first college basketball player in history to rack up at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists.
The sports legend quickly became emotional when discussing his late friend, even taking a second to acknowledge his tears would undoubtedly become another crying meme.
The sneaker giant's moving tribute arrived just as the late NBA icon was being celebrated during a public memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Vanessa Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna was killed in a helicopter crash along with her father, basketball legend Kobe Bryant, in January.
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna's memorial service will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday.
The memorial service for the five-time NBA champion will begin at 1 p.m. ET at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The former Miami Heat superstar and three-time champion's jersey was lifted to the rafters during a ceremony at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The NBA's annual extravaganza was a three-day tribute to the Los Angeles Lakers great, who died last month in a helicopter crash.
Hudson, who is an Oscar-winning singer and actress, sang a stirring rendition of "For All We Know (We May Meet Again)" while images of Kobe Bryant were shown in the background.
Obama made the remarks at the NBA All-Star Weekend Newsmaker Brunch on Saturday.
On NBC's 'Today,' Barkley and Kenny Smith spoke about the legacy of the late star and how his sexual assault allegations fit in.
The late Kobe Bryant will be honored during the 69th edition of the annual NBA All-Star Game in Chicago on Sunday.
Woods mimicked a basketball-like shot after carding a birdie at the eighth hole, which featured a tribute to Kobe Bryant
The wife of the late NBA great said her brain was "refusing" to accept her husband and daughter were no longer with her.
The hashtag, #IStandWithGayle has started trending following Gayle King, host of 'CBS This Morning.' receiving death threats for mentioning the late Kobe Bryant's sexual assault allegations during a recent interview with former WNBA champion Lisa Leslie.
The former NFL wide receiver's "Hair Love" won for best animated short film.
"You come for [Gayle King], you come against an army," Susan Rice wrote. 'You will lose, and it won't be pretty."
The rapper took to Instagram to criticize King after she brought up Kobe Bryant's sexual assault charge during an interview with former WNBA champion Lisa Leslie.
In a statement, the "CBS This Morning" anchor said the interview was a wide-ranging conversation about Bryant's legacy.
Following her interview with former WNBA champion Lisa Leslie, 'CBS This Morning' host Gayle King received backlash from fans for bringing up Kobe Bryant's sexual assault charges.
The auction will run until February 23 and the auction house will devolve the entire buyer's premium to a fund set up for the victims.
The two athletes both took time to publicly acknowledge the basketball star's passing.
The late athlete's alma mater paid tribute to Bryant in a ceremony before their first home game since his death this past Sunday.
Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa shared an emotional Instagram post remembering her husband and their daughter.
The initial goal was to get 100 online signatures. Four days after it started, it passed the 3 million mark.
The Lakers legend talked with Jordan Harbinger about the lessons he'd learned. "You've got to obsess over every little thing," he said.
The emotional Mexican ballad commonly played at funerals was performed by a mariachi band outside the Staples Center in honor of the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter.
"It's quite clear that this [Bryant] was a very respected figure by players and around the world and this is a really serious thing that should be considered by the league," NBA logo creator Alan Siegel told Newsweek.