Update: Recently, Kobe Bryant’s fans gathered to honor his legacy. They were welcomed in the arena by the one and only, Beyonce. She even invited the audience to sing along to Kobe’s favorite song from her, “XO”. “I’m here because I love Kobe,” Beyonce told the fans.
The gathering was painful for the ones who loved the MBA player. “In places where he would be booed on the court, Kobe is missed”, said the host. After that, he introduced the speech of Kobe’s widow, Vanessa Bryant. Everyone got emotional, as she talked about her husband and their child, Gianna, who also died in the accident.
“Kobe was the MVP of girl dads, or MVD. … He always told the girls how beautiful and smart they are. He taught them how to be brave and how to keep pushing forward when things get tough,” she told the audience.
Gianna was going to become as famous as her father. Her mother recalls that Gigi aimed to play in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WMBA). Moreover, she advocated for equal pay for female athletes, even though she was only 13. “She would have made a huge difference in women’s basketball. Gigi was motivated to change the way everyone viewed women in sports,” said her mother.
Kobe Bryant, also known as Black Mamba, died at just 41 y.o., after his helicopter crashed in the small town of Calabasas, California, United States. However, who was Kobe Bryant?
Kobe Bryant was the most valuable player on the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, where he played for 20 years.
He had Shaquille O’Neal as his teammate. Although he never got along with one of the greatest legends, he managed to win three National Basketball Association (NBA) championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Later, the legend also known as Black Mamba won two more NBA championships with Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum. He was the leader of the Lakes. It should be noted that the American player entered the NBA since high school.
The day before his death, he was surpassed by James LeBron in the NBA All-time scoring list, ranking at the time of his death in the 4th place.
He had 81 points in a match and was said to have a fade away from the legendary right. He was a member of the American team at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games, winning the gold medal.
In addition to his many achievements on a professional level, he appeared in a negative light when he was accused of rape in 2003, which slowed him down to success. However, he was acquitted when the young man who accused him refused to testify.
His achievements peaked when he received the title of “Most Valuable Player in the NBA” (MVP) in 2008. He won an Oscar for the best short film and an Emmy with Dear Basketball animation in 2017.
With a tendon rupture in April 2013, his career was on a downward path, ending with his retirement in 2016. Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Kobe Bryant died, along with four others, in a helicopter crash, leaving behind his family and grieving fans.
Kobe Bryant died alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, one of the helicopter’s passengers.
The news of the basketball legend’s death reached the climax of the tragic event when we learned that one of the people in the helicopter was his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
Rest In Peace…
Authors: Miruna Sabau and Raluca Calin