Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant was born to Joe and Pam Bryant on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Later, he married Vanessa Bryant and they had four wonderful children, seven-month-old Capri, three-year-old Bianka, thirteen-year-old Gianna, and seventeen-year-old Natalia. Sadly, on January 26, 2020, Kobe, Gianna, and seven other victims died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. Minutes before the crash, their pilot Ara Zobayan was trying to get permission to fly through foggy conditions. Later, the pilot told air traffic control he was trying to avoid a cloud layer. It was the last time anyone on the ground heard from him.
All nine of the victims were headed to the Mamba Academy for the Los Angeles Lady Mamba Girls basketball tournament. Three of the nine people on the helicopter were part of this basketball team, those people included Gianna Bryant, Payton Chester, and Alyssa Altobelli. The six other victims were Sarah Chester, Keri Altobelli, John Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Ara Zobayan, and Kobe Bryant.
On February 24, 2020, Kobe and Gianna’s memorial was held at the Staples Center.
Over 20,000 people were present, but some of Kobe’s closest friends and family members gave speeches. Those people included Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, Vanessa Bryant, and Sabrina Ionescu, as well as the musical stylings of Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and Christina Aguilera.
Kobe will be missed because he was considered, by many, inspirational.
One of his many inspirational quotes was, “Everything negative- pressure, challenges- is all an opportunity for me to rise.”
The tragic death of Kobe Bryant was hard and fans were astonished, but the most important thing to remember is the legacy he left behind and how much he inspired young basketball players to strive to become a legend like him. Now, whenever you shoot a basketball, don’t say “Kobe!” Say “For Kobe!” in honor of this absolutely amazing, inspiring legend we called “The Black Mamba.”

Rest In Peace