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Kobe Bryant will forever be remembered

Kobe Bryant will forever be remembered

Reece Marley, Staff Writer

This past weekend was one of heartbreak and sorrow for many people not just in the United States, but across the world. Most on the east coast were already awake when the news broke around 1 p.m. eastern time, while others on the west coast were just waking up. Reports were that NBA all-star Kobe Bryant had passed away in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles, California. The sports world was shocked, and most couldn’t believe what they were seeing. Players from all major-league sports across the United States took to Twitter and Instagram to express their condolences to the Bryant family. It was later learned that Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also on the helicopter, where the crash left no survivors. Kobe and his daughter were on their way to Gianna’s travel basketball game with another family before tragedy struck.  Kobe Bryant is considered as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. After being traded to the Lakers following the 1996 draft, Kobe went on to have one of the best careers ever by an NBA basketball player. He played 20 seasons in the NBA where he was an 18-time NBA all-star, league MVP, two-time finals MVP, and a 15 time all NBA team selection. He brought five championships to the city of Los Angeles. Not only was he a phenomenal basketball player, but he was an inspiration to so many players in the NBA and so many young kids across the world. He touched the hearts of so many and meant so much to LA. Kobe worked and donated so much too multiple causes after his retirement including the Make-Wish Foundation and the After-School All-Stars program.

 

Because of his passing, the Lakers and Clippers game was postponed and is set to be rescheduled for another date. Most teams who played Sunday night payed tribute to Kobe by opening the games up with an 8 second back court violation and a 24 second shot clock violation. Kobe will forever be remembered as a Laker, father, husband, and friend. Just don’t stop saying “Kobe” when you shoot a piece of paper in the trash.