On Sunday, January 26th the sports world mourned the loss of basketball legend, Kobe Bryant. He was on a helicopter in Calabasas, California, on his way to his daughters basketball tournament to coach her team when the helicopter spiraled to the ground killing the eight people on board. When reports first came out, people doubted it thinking that websites were hacked. But when it was confirmed, the sports world mourned and tried to honored this legend.
About Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant was born in 1978 in Philadelphia. He started playing basketball at age three and the Lakers were his favorite team. At the age of six, his family moved to Italy so his dad could play pro basketball at a lower level. There he found a passion for soccer and his favorite club, AC Milan. During the summers he would go back to the US just to play more basketball. By high school he was known nationally for his career at Lower Merion High School. In 1996, he decided to skip college and take his talents to the NBA. He was drafted 13th by the Hornets but then traded to the LA Lakers in 1996 as a 17-year-old. Four years older than me! He played in twenty seasons for the LA Lakers. In eighteen of those seasons he was an NBA All Star. In his second season, he became the youngest All-Star game starter ever. In those twenty seasons in the NBA, he won five championships. By the end of his career, he had many crazy stats, including having 81 points in one game and being the fourth in the NBA all-time scoring list. His attitude and work rate gave him the phrase, Mamba Mentality. From the day he retired to the days around his death, he was still very active in the league, going to many games with his daughter Gianna, who sadly died in the crash with him. The last tweet he had was about congratulating to Lebron James for overtaking him for third on the all time NBA scoring list.
When Kobe Bryant died, the whole sports world honored him in many different ways. Neymar Jr. put 24 (one of Kobe’s Numbers) on his hands after scoring a penalty. Devante Adams scored a touchdown in the Pro-Bowl and then put 24 on his hands then dunked on the field goal post. The whole NBA also honored him in many different ways, such as wearing number 8 (one of Kobe’s numbers,) running down a 24 second shot clock, and having a moment of silence before the game. Now over two million people have signed a petition to make Kobe Bryant taking a shot the new NBA logo.
Even though Kobe Bryant died, his legacy will live on for a very long time. Rest in peace, Kobe and all the other victims of the devastating helicopter crash.