Kobe was a beacon to the world.

Kobe Bryant was more than just basketball


At 9:45 a.m., the whole entire world found out some devasting news. It was reported by TMZ that Kobe Bryant's helicopter had crashed in the mountains of Calabasas. Nine others, including Gianna Bryant, Bryant's daughter, died in the fatal casualty.

Bryant was way more than a five-time champion, 17-time all-star, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and league's MVP. He was a husband, father, friend, mentor, leader, and businessman. Bryant wanted to be remembered for more than just basketball. He also knew three different languages. Bryant once trash talked Jusuf Nurkic in his own language.

Off the court accomplishments:

He proved that his writing skills were unmatched. Bryant won an Oscar for his short-filmed movie called "Dear Basketball." The film was based off his short poem that he wrote for the love of basketball. Bryant later opened his own basketball academy called "Mamba Academy." His academy featured all sports for athletes to train. He loved training and giving advice to today's NBA players. Bryant pushed for the respect of WNBA and collegiate women's basketball. He knew there was a lack of respect for women who played basketball.



Kobe Bryant as a father:

As a father, he spent all his time with his lovely daughter, Gianna. He wanted to make sure that his daughter was equipped on the basketball court. Bryant became Gianna's AAU coach, where he helped a group of girls accomplish their goals. He showed them how to become hard workers and sparked their competitive side. Another thing Bryant loved doing with his daughter, was watching basketball with her. He took her took to NCAA basketball, WNBA, and NBA games; as they watched courtside. Gianna enjoyed the game of basketball just as her father did. She worked extremely hard but sadly her life was taking in a tragedy at 13 years old.



Bryant's death was untimely and weird to the whole entire world. Athletes from different sports and ethnicities payed tribute to Bryant during their games. It never mattered if somebody knew Bryant personally or not, this loss is devasting. The world stood still when Bryant, his daughter, and nine others died.

We cheered, hated, loved, admired, watched, learned, and now mourn over death of Kobe Bryant.


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