The NBA Community loses an icon:

Sunday the Basketball world lost one of its icons as Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old Daughter Gianna Bryant died in a helicopter crash just outside of Los Angeles. Both Father and Daughter along with other teammates and parents were heading to a travel game, when the helicopter suddenly caught fire and when down. Kobe Bryant who was a prominent figure in basketball started his career at the age of eighteen, straight out of high school drafted in 1 round as the 13th pick in the 1996 draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, who seemingly had a lot of hype surrounding him but as everyone found out that hype quickly turned into substance. As a basketball fan since the mid-90s, I always cheered against Kobe, because I was a huge Michael Jordan fan and more than that I was a Bulls fan but you could tell that the torch was being passed on to Kobe by Michael. The amazing thing to me watching Kobe was how quickly attained certain accolades, and those accolades included 5 NBA Championships, 15 all-star appearances, multiple all-star MVPs two NBA finals MVPs, is 4th all-time in scoring after he passed Wilt Chamberlain, he was only 900 points behind Michael Jordan for third in scoring and 7000 points behind Kareem-Adbul-Jabbar WOW! That is some elite company to be with. Watching him scoring 30, 40, and even 50 points a night wasn’t unheard of, I remember watching him dropping 81 points on the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006. Kobe wasn’t just and NBA Star or should I say superstar he was also an international star as well, having played in 3 Olympics 2004, 2008, and 2012, capturing two gold medals and one bronze. There are a lot more accolades he achieved in his 20-year Basketball career, but aside from his on-court accolades, he was also a devoted family as he and his wife Vanessa Laine Bryant had four Daughters: Natalia Diamante Bryant, Gianna Bryant, Bianka Bryant, and Capri. Gianna the 13-year old that was with Kobe in the helicopter crash was going to carry on the Bryant legacy as Gianna had aspirations to play in the WNBA. As a fan of the sport of basketball, it’s hard to comprehend how all this could be true, it still hasn’t sunk in and to be honest, I don’t think it ever will for the simple fact Kobe still had a lot more to give to the sport of basketball and not just him but his daughter Gianna as well. There will never be another Kobe Bryant, but the Mamba mentality he lived by throughout his entire life, aspiring to be the best at whatever he did and not just him he wanted others to have that same mentality to be the best versions of themselves, to always hold themselves to a higher standard, that mentality won’t be just be a mentality it will be a way of life.

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