The world has been left in shock and utter disbelief following the tragic events that occurred on Jan. 26, 2020. The report of a helicopter crash in Calabasas quickly transitioned from a tragic incident to one that filled every listener with a sense of despair.
As soon as ten minutes after the crash, it was confirmed that the legendary Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant had been on board. As coverage continued listeners were filled with even more pain. Bryant’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna, had also been aboard the helicopter.
As more time passed, we learned that the helicopter was carrying a total of nine people; Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, John and Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, mother and daughter Sarah and Payton Chester, Mamba Academy basketball coach Christina Mauser and pilot Ara Zobayan.
The helicopter was en route to a basketball tournament in Thousand Oaks that Gianna and her teammates, Alyssa and Payton, were set to play in.
While this day will go down in infamy as the day that the world not only lost Kobe and Gianna but also the other victims of the crash who were loved by the Bryants along with their own respective family and friends, most will not let this tragedy hinder the pleasant memories we have of all those we lost that day.
Within hours of the news, people from all over flocked to the Staples Center to pay their respects to the LA icon and the others who lost their lives that day.
To properly begin with the legacy of Kobe Bryant, one must start from the beginning of his NBA career. Bryant entered the NBA at the age of 18 and was loyal to the city of Los Angeles throughout the entirety of his 20-year career.
Coming into the NBA, Kobe quickly became known as the league’s brash teenager “showboat.” This title was given to him for statements such as his assurance that he would surpass the great Michael Jordan in all aspects of the game.
When Bryant finally decided to call it a career after having a stellar 60-point farewell game against the Utah Jazz, all the talk he had started since he first donned the purple and gold jersey was definitely backed up in full.
His vast list of accomplishments during his celebrated career include leading the NBA in scoring twice, earning 18 all-star selections, two finals MVP awards and one regular season MVP, five championship rings and two gold medals.
Regarding the sport of basketball, it is safe to say that Kobe Bryant will most definitely go down as one of the greatest of all time.
While having a successful career in the NBA is one thing, it was not Kobe Bryant’s number one priority. That was being a good father to his children.
Kobe Bryant prided himself in being a family man and did everything in his power to ensure the betterment of his family no matter the cost.
Off the court, Kobe set aside his rings and prioritized spreading positivity and love. The love that Kobe Bryant spread wherever he went surely did not go unnoticed as LA is preparing a memorial service for him on Feb. 24.
to regain our usual stride after such a hit to our hearts, I leave you with a quote from the Black Mamba himself: “Have a good time. Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going. Put one foot in front of the other. Smile and just keep rolling.”
Thank you for everything. Rest easy Mamba.
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