It was a courtside fan rooting on the Lakers’ 122-101 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday who stole the show.

The fan just so happened to be Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, in the building to promote “Epoca: The Tree of Ecrof,” the children’s fantasy novel he created with author Ivy Claire, played the dual role of proud Laker alumnus and proud papa, as he attended the game with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria “Gigi” Bryant.

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There was a time when the idea of Bryant in Staples Center in 2019, embracing Dwight Howard back wearing the purple and gold, would have been unheard of.

But Howard was one of the first Lakers to greet the future Hall of Famer.

Everyone is happy when the Lakers are winning. 

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