Remembering The Legacy of Kobe Bryant

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A helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26, 2020 claimed the lives of nine people, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Among them were John Altobelli, 56, Keri Altobelli, 46, Alyssa Altobelli,13, Christina Mauser, 38,Ara Zobayan, 50. Kobe Bryant and Christina Mauser were both coaches for the team, Gianna and Alyssa were players, John and Keri were Alyssa’s parents and friends of the Bryants and Ara was the pilot who has flown several high value clients.  

The world was hurting after this tragic news broke, it was a very quiet and dark day in which the NBA postponed it’s first game since the JFK assassination in 1963. Every celebrity/athlete/ everyone was talking about the impact Kobe Bryant and his Mamba Mentality had on their lives and made them understand the value of hard work. The whole world sent out their prayers and thoughts for the Bryants, and it seemed like in some sort of way, Kobe Bryant had some sort of an affect on everyone’s life. That got me thinking about the effect he may have had with people that go to my school, so I talked to my friends who play basketball and this is what they said. 

“I cried when I heard the news, I didn’t want to believe it and I didn’t for a long time. The fact that his 13 year old daughter was with him too along with 7 other people just made the news worse. Kobe was the reason I fell in love with basketball, my dad was a giant lakers fan and the biggest Kobe fan and that fell onto me. I started watching Kobe at a young age and I wanted to be like him and be as good as him and that is what made me fall in love with this game, and I can’t thank him enough for that” ( Adam Hamburg, Senior)

 “Kobe was a guy that you couldn’t not like, everyone loved him around the league and knew he was a great person and most importantly a great father. Since the accident, I have really come to understand how important his kids were to him and how much he loved his family more than the game and I think we all could learn something from Kobe on that aspect. Family was number 1 for him over basketball, and I think we should all learn that lesson from Kobe and understand family is the most important thing in life” ( Ben Olund, Senior)

 “The thing that is most sad and tragic about this tragedy is they were all so young and there were good people on that helicopter that lost their life. Kobe was one of my favorite players growing up, I used to sit in the gym and practice his fade away and try to master it, and I also wear Kobe’s number every game. When I found out from my friend, I started to tear up and to learn that his daughter was with him which just made it worse knowing that she was such a talented basketball player with so much determination and promise. There will be a gaping hole in the basketball world for a very long time” (Nathan Hamilton, Senior) 

Kobe’s legacy wasn’t just on the basketball court, it was just as much off as it was on. Kobe was retired for 4 years, and his very close friend LeBron James said it was the happiest he’s ever seen him. So what can we all learn from Kobe Bryant? I believe we all can learn the value of hardwork and how much of a blessing family is and just to be thankful for your family and make time for them. Kobe was a family man above all else and that is how most people will remember him, and that is how I will remember him. The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do – Kobe Bryant