Kobe Bryant

On the morning of Sunday, January 26, the basketball community suffered a tragic loss of former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. Kobe passed away in a helicopter accident along with his daughter Gianna and 5 others. The helicopter crashed due to the pilot, Ara Zobayan, misjudging the terrain on a foggy day. Kobe has forged a path for many people of the younger generation. He forged a path for many current NBA players such as Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, and many others have came out and said that they modeled their game after him. He was also a person who inspired loads of people across the globe, and above all he was a role model in their eyes. He inspired them with his famous book “The Mamba Mentality”, and his quotes such as “My parents are my backbone. They’re the only people that support you if you score 0 or score 40.” Many people have modeled their game after Kobe, practicing to mimic his shots, movement, mentality, and much more.

His fans weren’t the only people impacted by this, former NBA superstar and teammate to Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, was devastated to hear the news of his friends’ passing. He tweeted: “There’s no words to express the pain I’m going through with this tragedy of losing my niece Gigi & my brother Kobe.” Laker Hall of Famer, Magic Johnson, tweeted: “My friend, a legend, husband, father, son, brother, Oscar winner, and the greatest Laker of all-time is gone. It’s hard to accept. Kobe was a leader of our game, a mentor to both male and female players.”

Out of respect and honor toward Kobe Bryant, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, has retired the number 24, which forbids any Maverick player to wear that number.

Kobe Bryant had one of the most impressive records in all of sports:

5× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2009, 2010)
2× NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010)
NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)
18× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2016)
4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)
11× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2013)
2× All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2001)
2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005)
9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006–2011)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001, 2002, 2012)
2× NBA scoring champion (2006, 2007)
NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997)
Nos. 8 & 24 retired by Los Angeles Lakers
Naismith Prep Player of the Year(1996)
First-team Parade All-American (1996)

Kobe is gone but he won’t be forgotten about, his legacy lives through his fans and family and will continue to live on for a long time.