January 26, 2020/ 2:08 pm, Los Angeles, California- The Legend Kobe Bryant died Yesterday, Sunday in a Helicopter crash in Southern California, along with his 13-year old daughter, Gianna.
Bryant was on his way to the academy to coach his daughter when the helicopter crashed. The academy was hosting the Mamba Cup Tournament Series, a series of tournaments for boys and girls basketball teams from the third through eighth grades. All the games were canceled after the news of Bryant’s death became public.
Drafted to the N.B.A. directly out of high school in 1996, Bryant was named an All-Star in 18 of his 20 seasons for the Lakers and helped lead the team to five championships. His hypercompetitive nature led to occasional public disagreements with coaches and other players, but his commitment to winning was never questioned.
The winner of the N.B.A.’s Most Valuable Player Award for the 2007-8 season, and the N.B.A. finals M.V.P. in both 2009 and 2010, Bryant showed a rare commitment to success on both ends of the court, with a résumé that included two scoring titles — and an 81-point game in 2006 that is the second-highest single-game total in N.B.A. history — along with 12 appearances on the league’s All-Defense team. He also thrived on the international stage, where he won gold medals for U.S.A. Basketball in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
The fans who gathered at Staples Center represented the ethnic and racial diversity of Bryant’s professional city.
Rest in Peace Kobe Bryant, your fans will surely miss you!
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