Yesterday, we lost one of the most legendary and historic Basektball players in NBA history.
Kobe Bryant, along with 8 other people, including his 13 year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, tragically died in a helicopter accident Sunday morning.
Bryant was only 41 years of age.
The NBA, along with the entire world were incredibly shocked and emotional after hearing the tragic news of the accident.
Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade took to Instagram and Twitter to show his emotions about the incident.
Wade expressed the event as “like a bad dream that you just want to wake up from. It’s a nightmare” and “one of the worse days of my life”.
Wade closed his emotional Instagram story saying, “Kobe, thank you man. Thank you for all the memories. We’ve got a lot of good ones. These tears that we’re crying, we’re going to miss you. It’s not going to go. It’s not leaving today, a week from now, a month from now, a year for now. We will forever, forever miss you man. You’re a legend. You’re an icon. You’re a father. You’re a husband. You’re a son. You’re a brother. You’re a friend. Thank you for being my friend. I love you brother.”
Rookie Tyler Herro took to Twitter saying “Every team has to retire 24”, referring to the #24 jersey number he worse in his final 10 years in the NBA.
Miami Heat GM Pat Riley expressed his condolences in a statement yesterday:
Riley Statement (cont’d) “The Lord will bless Vanessa, the entire Bryant family, and all of those who lost their most precious loved ones today.”
Many former and current Heat players showed sad emotions to the tragedy.
The Miami Heat will honor Kobe, his Daughter Gianna, and the others who died in the helicopter accident prior to tonight’s game against the Orlando Magic.
IT’S MORE THAN BASKETBALL!
We all know Kobe Bryant as the legendary 5-time NBA Champion and arguably the greatest Los Angeles Laker of all-time. There’s more to Bryant however.
Kobe was a father of 4 girls, his youngest not even a year old. Vanessa Bryant was his spouse since 2001 who was there for him during dark times in Kobe’s career and when he shined the most.
Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, 13 was destined to be a star Basketball player, keeping the last name “Bryant” in the Basketball world for a long time.
Bryant knew his daughter would keep his legacy. “The best thing that happens when we go out, fans will come up to me and she’ll be standing next to me and they’ll be like, ‘Hey, you gotta have a boy! You and V gotta have a boy to have somebody to carry on the tradition and the legacy,” Bryant said. “She’s like, ‘Hey, I got this! You don’t need a boy for that.’”
I can go on and on about this tragedy that shocked the entire world, including myself.
The best way to remember Bryant is not as the star athlete he was, but as a young-man who strived to do what he put his mind into since a young age.
Bryant’s work ethic, love for the game of basketball, and love for his family are some of those things we can forever look upon to remember him.
I end this piece with my favorite video of Kobe Bryant. Thank you Kobe for the memories and influence you have given myself and many others.