Breaking News: The world was hit hard with the tragic news that NBA legend, Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash while traveling to a basketball game with his eldest daughter, Gianna and reportedly 7 other passengers, including the pilot.
Details are slowly coming in and the cause of the crash is yet to be determined.
Personal reflection: I remember taking my younger brother to see Kobe when he played in the McDonald’s All American Classic here in Pittsburgh. He was only in high school at the time but since then, I was amazed by his talent.
I remember when he decided to go pro right after high school and being concerned that he should have gone to college first. He did ok, thank GOD!
I remember hearing people talk, no argue, about who was better; Kobe or MJ! There really wasn’t a comparison, in my opinion, because I felt like Kobe and Michael Jordan were the same person. Kobe was just the rewind of what MJ was. Their style, mannerisms, temperments, jump shots and slam dunks were just alike! I didn’t follow MJ’s career as close as I followed Bryant’s but it felt good to see what I saw in both players when they played.
Fans labeled him “The G.O.A.T.” next to Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Michael Jordan, which made sense to me.
Recently, Lakers forward LeBron James surpassed Bryant’s record; passing him on the NBA scoring list. Bryant was super excited about King James’ success that he tweeted his support!
Fans and celebrity friends from around the world continue to share their thoughts and prayers for the families.
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This one hit hard! I haven’t felt this way since we lost Whitney Houston. You only have a few (legends) that you love, embrace and welcome into your homes, lives, and hearts. Kobe Bryant, although I wasn’t a big basketball fan (I tried to be but I always caught on too late) he was one of the great ones I assumed would stick around long enough to witness his grandchildren grow up and set out and into the world to be as great as he was if not greater.
People can say what they want. They can bring up his past mistakes and talk about how selfish he was as a player but I tell you what! They’re definitely keeping those comments to themselves today and saying a prayer for his family because they know he deserved that much respect! He was indeed one of the greatest of his time! I’m really proud of the young man he grew to become; through the ups and downs. Proud for all that he’s done for the NBA, the African-American community, and for the world. Thank you, Kobe.
Please pray for the Bryant family as his wife not only lost a husband but her 13-year-old daughter. Prayers also go out to the families of the 7 passengers who lost their lives in this tragic event.
Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and three daughters, Natalia, Bianca and Capri. He was 41.
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