Rest in Peace, Mamba.
Early on January 26th, Los Angeles Laker legend Kobe Bryant was killed along with 8 others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. One of those victims included his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
Bryant’s accolades are well known to basketball fans. 5x NBA champion, NBA MVP, 4th all time in points scored, the most badass nickname in sports with “Black Mamba.” He’s the leader in nearly every statistical category for the Los Angeles Lakers, having played there his entire career (1996-2016). Outside of his championship wins, some of his most memorable games include the second highest scoring game by a single player in 2006 with 81 points, and 60 points in his final game makes for one of the most memorable send offs for any player. Not to mention he once ruptured his Achilles and came back in the game to shoot his free throws.
What made Kobe special wasn’t just his accomplishments on the court, but those outside of basketball as well. His patented “Mamba Mentality” has been attributed to an unparalleled focus and drive toward a goal in any facet in life that continues to inspire millions across the globe. When he retired from basketball, he did what no one expected and wrote a poem titled Dear Basketball, which later became an Academy Award winning short film. Bryant also spoke multiple languages fluently (Spanish, Italian, etc.) and would respectfully respond to reporters in each one. He even wanted to start his own “Mamba” shoe brand.
Kobe is survived by his wife Vanessa and his three daughters Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.
Here are some other testimonials on social media:
Sources: Kobe Bryant was on his way to a travel basketball game with his daughter Gianna when the helicopter crashed. Those aboard the helicopter also included another player and parent.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2020
— 12 News (@12News) January 27, 2020
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020
.@CBSLA has identified all 9 people aboard the helicopter that killed Kobe Bryant & Gianna Bryant, 13
-John Altobelli, wife Keri and daughter Alyssa
-Sarah Chester &daughter Payton Chester
-Ara Zobayan, pilothttps://t.co/0W6MXWZ1n1…/kobe-bryant-crash-who-wa…/ pic.twitter.com/idL1uIxLGQ
— Trang Do (@TrangDoCBS3) January 27, 2020
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These picture are just the tip of the iceberg of our relationship. He taught me so many things in life that were necessary on and off the court. On the court he taught me how to carve out defenses and how to take my time. How to make winning my ultimate goal. Off the court he taught me to sign my own checks lol. Of course anyone who knows my story knows I’ve suffered a lot of loss but the only loss I can compare this to is when I lost my son. Even though our relationship wasn’t father/son, it was more like him being a teacher and me being his brother. I’m glad I got to be the ying to your yang as far as the locker room was concerned. It was my pleasure. I couldn’t even catch my breath today when I heard this news. I just knew if he was in a helicopter crash he would have been the one to survive. Somehow he would have jumped out and landed on his feet. I’m sitting here thinking about when we would be in practice scrimmaging and you would start the jump ball off with elbowing Sasha in the chest. Like dude it’s 10:30 in the morning lol. You think watching him play was crazy, you gotta think in practice if you scored like 8-9 buckets throughout the practice you had a great practice. I’ve seen him knock off 13-14 in a row in practice!!!! I’m still waiting for the media to come out and say wrong report. No way God took my brother this early. I know I been through my own stuff in life with using drugs and not being good to myself. When I went through that Coma situation if God would have came to me and said we would take me and spare Kobe I would have rather that happened. In honor of my brother I’m up at 4am tomorrow to get to the gym! Gigi gone give you buckets!!!! I love you brother 💔🙏🏿😥 @kobebryant
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 27, 2020
.@RealMikeWilbon had a heart attack 12 years ago this week.
He tells the story of when Kobe Bryant sent him flowers after he got out of the hospital. pic.twitter.com/iPTUJilDPl
— ESPN (@espn) January 27, 2020
Some Kobe Bryant elephant content with his daughter Bianka
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 27, 2020
Kobe Bryant saying he didn’t need a son to carry on his basketball legacy because he had his 13yo daughter Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant 🥺🥺🥺 pic.twitter.com/SUnS9SKiad
— Frances Wang (#FrannyInMiami) (@FrancesWangTV) January 27, 2020
Play every game like it’s your last.
Rest in peace, Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/oH3cHyO2c4
— San Diego State Men's Basketball (@Aztec_MBB) January 27, 2020
If you change something about the way you live your life this week, let it be that you live with a Mamba mentality like Kobe Bryant did. Don’t flinch. Love unflinchingly, win and face all adversity the same way, unflinchingly. pic.twitter.com/I6wmvjcldL
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 27, 2020
Let's not use this video anymore for our meme purpose plz.. This video won't be same anymore. A beautiful conversation between father and daughter which gave twt so many funny moments 😢 RIP #KobeBryant and #GiannaBryant
You were too good for this world. https://t.co/Jj3Tk8B47M
— sara⁷ ◡̈ (@TEARHOYAA) January 27, 2020
Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban issued the following statement on the passing of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. pic.twitter.com/Ua41YrvTMZ
— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) January 27, 2020
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) January 27, 2020
24 for 24
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 27, 2020
Neymar scores a goal and flashes up the No. 24 in respect for Kobe Bryantpic.twitter.com/DOQYAvXfLI
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 26, 2020
Tiger Woods hearing about the passing of Kobe Bryant pic.twitter.com/xDI4zEPR3T
— ⚡️𝓓𝓪𝔀𝓼𝓸𝓷⚡️ (@TheNbaDunk) January 27, 2020
— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) January 27, 2020
Allen Iverson’s statement on the passing of Kobe Bryant 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/JvMwvcJIac
— Kicks Deals (@KicksDeals) January 27, 2020