For Kobe

For+Kobe

A story about the unexpected death of the legend, Kobe Bryant.

    Kobe Bryant was a very successful basketball player. The NBA wouldn’t have been the same without him. Bryant won five NBA championships and the 2008 MVP Award with the Los Angeles Lakers. His life was unexpectedly cut short on January 26. Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and 7 other passengers were involved in a deadly helicopter accident in Calabasas, California. 

    Bryant had a long and impressive list of career accolades and accomplishments. From the time he entered the NBA at the age of eighteen, the awards continued to pile up as he began to make his mark in the league. In April of 2016, Kobe decided to end his basketball career because he wanted to spend more time with his wife and daughters.

“Being a short basketball player is already difficult enough as it is and being a girl playing basketball is hard enough to start off. When I was kid Kobe, Isaiah Thomas, and Allen Iverson were all players I wished I could be like. Isaiah and Allen all had the confidence I wanted to show on that court, under the pressure of people doubting them because of their height but Kobe had the mentality that I wanted. Kobe helped me gain the confidence to play basketball and to be proud of it. He supported girls in sport as well and he in all just helped me gain confidence on the court to play a good game no matter win or lose, as long as you played your hardest you’ve won.” said Jamileth Ferbin (9)

 

List of all the awards he won: 

1996 National High School Player of the Year (USA Today and Parade magazine)

1996 Naismith Player of the Year

1996 Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Player of the Year

1996 McDonald’s All-America Team member

1996 Youngest player (age 18) to debut in NBA league

1997 Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk competition winner at NBA All-Star Weekend

1997 Set new record with 31 points and 8 rebounds in Schick Rookie Game

1998 Youngest player to appear in an NBA All-Star game

1998-99 Only Lakers’ player to start all 50 games

1998-99 All-NBA Third Team

1999-2000 All-NBA Second Team; NBA All-Defensive First Team; NBA All-Interview Second Team

2001-02 All-NBA First Team; All-Defensive Second Team

2002     MVP of 2002 All-Star Game

2008     MVP of the NBA Lakers Team

13-year-old Gianna “Gigi” Bryant was known for her hard work and dedication to basketball just like her father. Bryant called her Mambacita, as he was called Mamba by the world.  She was going to be basketball’s female version of him, play at Connecticut and head to the WNBA, to carry on the Bryant name in Basketball. That was the plan. But unfortunately, she was also in the plane crash that Sunday, which shocked the entire world.

       

I cried, that’s all I have to say. It broke my heart knowing that they had lost a friend, a father, and a brother.” -Jamileth Ferbin (9)

“I awoke from a nap and saw the news. I literally said aloud, ‘”No, no! This can’t be true.”’ And proceeded to shed tears as I furiously investigated Twitter, Bleacher Report, & ESPN. I spent the rest of the day glued to the news trying to better understand the situation.” -Jacob House (7th Grade Teacher)

   A public memorial took place at The Staples Center on February 24, 2020, to Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna, bringing family, friends, athletes, and celebrities together to celebrate Kobe and Gigi’s lives. The Memorial Date was picked to match Bryant’s jersey number, 24, and Gigi’s which was 2. The two-hour memorial included heartfelt performances from Beyonce and Alicia Keys, and heartfelt moments from Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal.       

“I’m going to have to look at another crying meme,” Jordan said. “When Kobe died, a piece of me died, and as I look at this arena and across the globe, a piece of you died.

“What courage Vanessa Bryant showed throughout her speech. I can’t imagine how she was able to deliver such a heartfelt message in a time of sorrow and grief. Jordan & Shaq were able to bring a bit of light-heartedness to their eulogy while showing their love and appreciation of Kobe.” -Jacob House (7th Grade Teacher)

 

 

Widow, Vanessa Bryant spoke publicly for the first time since the accident.  

Babe, you take care of our Gigi. I got Nati, BiBi, and Coco, and we’re still the best team,” Vanessa said in her eulogy. “God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other. He had to bring them home together.”

He’s the greatest Laker of all-time. His name will live on with Laker Nation. However, it’s bigger than the Laker Nation. Kobe was a global icon. His impact on the game of basketball is second to none. His advocacy and voice for women’s basketball have only amplified since the birth of his daughters. Outside of basketball, Kobe was just now starting to showcase the same level of effort in his business ventures. Kobe was so much more than basketball, even though NBA basketball was his life from when he was drafted at 18 until he retired more than two decades later. Kobe will be remembered for his tenacity on the court, his vision for his many business investments, and the love he shared with his family. #girldad” -Jacob House (7th Grade Teacher)

The world said goodbye to Kobe and Gianna Bryant, and every other passenger on the flight on January 26. The GOAT of basketball, Mamba, legend, father, husband, son, brother. Bryant left the world leaving a big impact on many individuals but most importantly, his legacy will live on.