Remembering A Legend: Kobe Bryant

Amanda Anzaldo, Staff Writer

On January 26, 2020, the world was shocked to learn that NBA superstar Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash. Kobe was on his way to his daughter’s basketball practice when suddenly, the helicopter crashed. Kobe, his 13 year old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in the crash. The exact cause of the crash is unknown, but investigators believe the helicopter did not have the recommended safety features that would have helped prevent the fatal accident. Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and his 3 daughters, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.

Kobe leaves behind a wonderful legacy in the NBA. When he was 17 he joined the NBA, right after he graduated high school. Kobe played for over 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers. The highlights of Kobe’s career include: scoring 81 points in one game, scoring over 50 points in four consecutive games, winning two Olympic gold medals, and recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. Many people believed Kobe’s career was over after he injured himself, but he still continued to play. Outside of the NBA, Kobe also created the Vivo Foundation in 2002 to promote education and offer financial aid for struggling families.

Kobe lived a wonderful life and it is unfortunate that he only lived to be 41 years old. The NBA will retire Kobe’s jersey numbers, 8 and 24, and Kobe will be forever remembered for his athletic and humanitarian achievements.