The NBA family lost one of its greats today. Kobe Bryant dies at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash early morning outside of Los Angeles near Calabasas. Bryant was traveling to LA for a youth basketball game for his 13 year old daughter Gianna whom also perished in the crash.
The reports are that there were nine people total in the crash including Bryant who is survived by his wife Vanessa and their three other daughters. This is coming off a monumental night where he was surpassed by Lebron James on the all time scoring list, in his home town of Philadelphia just some 12 hours before this horrific accident.
Kobe Bryant was born on August 23rd 1978, the son of Joe “JellyBean” Bryant.
Playing in Los Angeles as a Laker holds high expectations for everyone, and Kobe Bryant was thrusted into high expectations right after high school, and successfully played twenty years for the Lakers. In 1998, at the age of 19 he became the youngest player in NBA history to be a starter for an all pro team. In 1996, the Lakers were able to trade for the draft rights of number 8 and signed Shaquille O’Neal.
The dynamic duo played nine years together for the Lakers and won three NBA championships together. Bryant finished his NBA career with five championships; a feat not many basketball players have been able to accomplish in their lifetime. The Mamba will be mostly remembered for his 81 point game against the Toronto Raptors or scoring 62 points against the Dallas Mavericks and then not playing in the fourth quarter. Kobe is currently number four on the all-time scoring list with 33,643 points.
The Black Mamba is a future first round ballot Hall of Famer, with two Finals MVP’s, one regular season MVP award, an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive team, and Lakers fans and the NBA fan base will forever remember him as one of the greatest of all time. Bryant’s family will always remember him as a caring and supporting family man, and the community hopes the best for the Bryant family on this tragic day in history.
The shock around the world is that of the magnitude of the tragic sudden loss of Princess Diana, and the King of pop Michael Jackson, and all of the love coming from all over the globe from his NBA family and a like.
I’m heartbroken. When my grandma and I first moved to the United States, we would tune into every Laker game we could just to watch Kobe. Seeing him play gave us a feeling that can never be replicated. #RIPMamba
— Keal (@NkealHarry15) January 26, 2020
The LA Galaxy are devastated and saddened by the news of the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Our thoughts are with the families affected by this tragedy as we mourn with the city of Los Angeles and the global sports community. pic.twitter.com/JgmGBQQeQe
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) January 27, 2020
Jerry West on Kobe’s death: “I want to go to bed and hope it’s a bad dream. It’s going to take a while for me to get over this one. I’m pretty good at getting over things because I understand how fragile life is. But Oh my God!. His daughter with him. My God!” This is not easy.”
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) January 27, 2020
— Rap-Up (@RapUp) January 27, 2020
Kobe was so much more than an athlete, he was a family man. That was what we had most in common. I would hug his children like they were my own and he would embrace my kids like they were his. His baby girl Gigi was born on the same day as my youngest daughter Me’Arah. pic.twitter.com/BHBPN5Wq8V
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
I’m stunned. Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) January 26, 2020
So many over whelming Tweets and messages showing their love and condolences to one of the greatest Lakers of all time, eight games were on the docket on this tragic day and the start of those games all showed their respects in tribute. Every team took either an eight second violation or a 24 second shot clock violation and before the game .24 seconds of silence in his memory.
2020 has gotten off to a tragic start, in the loss of David Stern and now the sudden tragic passing of one of the NBA’s greatest icons Kobe “Bean” Bryant.