NBA Mourns for Kobe Bryant’s Death

RIP-Black-Mamba

Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California, United States on Sunday (1/26). He died at the age of 41, leaving so many traces in the basketball world, starting from the fourth highest record in the history of the NBA to five times champion with the LA Lakers.

The player, dubbed the Black Mamba, is indeed known as one of the greatest players of all time. He was even selected 18 times in the NBA All-Stars team.

Kobe Bryant’s early departure caused grief in basketball circles. The following are the attributes given by former basketball players, those who are still actively playing or the administrators.

NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver

Adam Silver Interview

The NBA extended family was devastated by the departure of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what might be done when extraordinary talent is supported by a strong desire to win. He is one of the most remarkable players in history and with no less legendary achievements: five NBA titles, MVP awards, 18 times selected to enter the NBA All-Star, and two Olympic gold medals.

But throughout the world, he will be remembered for his ability to inspire people to play basketball and compete as best they can. He was very generous in sharing his thoughts, and he made this his mission, which was to share with future generations. He is also happy to share his love for basketball with Gianna.

We send our condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and his family, the Lakers club administrator, as well as the rest of the sports world.

San Antonio Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich

Gregg Coaching

Everyone was very emotional about the Kobe tragedy. We all know how great he is. But it is not just a matter of showing a great game. He is a competitor that is difficult to match. That’s what makes everyone interested in him; have focus, a sense of competition, and a desire to win.

This is a tragedy. There are no words that can describe everyone’s feelings about this loss. We all think of the Kobe family and the process they are going through right now. We should focus our thoughts on them.

Basketball Legend, Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan playing with Kobe Bryant

I was shocked to hear the news of Kobe and Gianna’s passing. There are no words that can describe the wound that I felt. I love Kobe – he’s like my brother. We often talk, and I will miss our conversation. He is a great competitor, one of the giants in the basketball world, and also an incredible boost. Kobe is also a father who loves his family very much – and is also proud of his daughter’s love for basketball.

Bryant’s former colleague at LA Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal

Shaq and Kobe Bryant

There are no words that can describe the pain I felt with this tragedy, losing my niece Gigi and my brother Kobe Bryant. I love you, and you will be missed — my condolences for the Bryant family and other passenger families in the helicopter.

Basketball Legend, Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Kareem's Sky Hook Shoots

It is very difficult for me to describe this sorrow in words. When he was a teenager aged 11-12, I met him when he was with his father, Joe, a 76-ers player who was also my friend.

It is very difficult for me to imagine how this affected Joe and his wife. To the Kobe family, I want to send my condolences and prayers.

Kobe is a man who is concerned with his family. He loves his wife and daughter. He is a great athlete and also a leader in many ways. He inspired a new generation in the world of basketball. He is one of the youngest players who graduated from high school and immediately played in the NBA, and performed very well and won the match. He became one of the greatest points winners of the LA Lakers of all time.

I have the honor of seeing him score 81 points immediately, and I will remember it as one of the moments in my life to learn: Kobe, my sorrow for you. Go in peace, young man. This grief is difficult to understand.

Remembering Kobe Bryant’s Famous Quotes

KB's Final Moment

The death of the legendary LA Lakers player, Kobe Bryant, invited the reaction of the fans of the team. They packed the Staples Center, the Lakers’ home stadium, to give tribute to their team’s former shooting guard.

Kobe Bryant (41) died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, United States. The accident also claimed the lives of eight other helicopter passengers, including Bryant’s daughter Gianna. The sad news brought LA ​​Lakers fans to the Staples Center to pay their last respects to Bryant. Some of them carried cardboard with the words of the tribute to Bryant, not a few who came wearing typical Lakers uniforms.

Kobe Lakers

“At first I said this news was not true. However, when I learned that Kobe Bryant died, it was painful,” Kyle Robinson, a Lakers supporter. “Kobe Bryant teaches that we can be the best with hard work. All the videos that show him practicing in the gym late at night are very inspiring and encouraging,” he continued.

Career

Throughout Bryant’s career, the player in the shooting guard position won five NBA championship trophies with the LA Lakers. Three of them occurred in a row from 2000 to 2002, before they were repeated in 2009 and 2010.

Bryant was also twice selected as the best player alias the most valuable player (MVP) NBA finals, respectively, in 2009 and 2019. A 20-year trip with the LA Lakers made him the longest-ever player to ever strengthen a club.

Dedication with the Lakers makes Bryant as the player with the most number of appearances in the regular season, which is 1,346 matches, as well as the most viewer play-off matches (220 matches). He also became the player with the most points for the Lakers with 33,643 points on 1 February 2010.

The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, tweeted a photo of the Los Angeles City Hall building or city hall building lit by purple and gold lights at eight past 24 minutes local time. Purple and gold are the typical colors of the Lakers, while 8 and 24 are the jersey numbers worn by Bryant at the club.

United States music awards, Grammy Awards, do not miss giving tributes. Coincidentally, the Grammy took place at the Staples Center. R&B singer Alicia Keys, the host, gave tribute to Bryant in collaboration with Boyz II Men.

Quotes

Kobe Bryant Shoots

Kobe is known as a serious player and gives his best in every match or training session. Here are a few thoughts of Kobe Bryant spoken in words:

1. I can’t understand lazy people. Our languages ​​are not the same. I do not understand them. I do not want to understand them.

2. I don’t want to be Michael Jordan’s successor. I just want to be Kobe Bryant.

3. Victory is everything. There are no gray areas. There is no word almost.

4. I will do anything to win the match, whether by sitting on the bench and waving a towel, giving a friend a degree of water, or winning points.

5. I have doubts about myself. Insecurity. I have a fear of failure. We all have doubts. You cannot doubt that. But you also can’t be destroyed because of that.

6. His laziness (Shaquille O’Neal) once drove me crazy. You have to take responsibility for working hard every day. You can’t just go through hardships.

7. I have one (championship ring) more than Shaq, and I can brag about it.

8. Some of you like me. Some of you do not.

9. The most important thing is to try to be an inspiration to others so that they can become great at whatever they do.

10. I don’t know if I can reach the moon or anything. If I fall from a cliff or height, it happens like that. I will still study.

Kobe Bryant and His Luxury Car Collection

Kobe Bryant Sign

Grief news comes from the world of basketball. The NBA legend and Los Angeles (LA) Lakers Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, United States, Sunday, January 26, 2020, morning local time.

As one of the NBA legends and important figures in the Los Angeles Lakers, the man who is nicknamed “Black Mamba” is known to love collecting luxury cars. Bryant’s collection of luxury cars and supercars, ranging from Lamborghini, Ferrari to helicopters who allegedly took him in the deadly accident.

Ferrari 458 Italia

The Ferrari 458 Italia (F142) is a 4,500 cc mid-range V8 engine with 562 horsepower combined with a 7-speed Dual Clutch transmission. According to sources, this car was bought by Bryant in 2012 and became his mount in Los Angeles.

Lamborghini Murcielago

Lamborghini Murcielago is a supercar from 2001-2010, the successor to Diablo’s Lamborghini. Lamborghini Murcielago Bryant has a yellow color carrying the 6,500 ccs V12 engine capable of spewing out 580 horsepower.

1963 Chevrolet Impala

This car is one of the classic cars that belong to Kobe Bryant. The Chevrolet Impala, collected by Bryant, is a third-generation that has been totally changed compared to its predecessor. When it was produced, the Impala 1963 was equipped with a 4,600cc and 5,400cc V8 Small Block engine combined with a 3-speed automatic or 4-speed manual transmission.

Bentley Azure Mulliner

This collection is a European product of Bentley Azure Mulliner. The British super-luxury vehicle has an open roof. The kitchen is powered by a 4,000 cc turbo V8 engine.

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler custom special edition of Call of Duty owned when he became the star of the video game ad Call of Duty in 2011. This is one of his favorite vehicles that are special.

Impala 1964

Impala 1964 is a collection of muscle cars owned by Kobe Bryant. This car is a gift from rap singer, Snoop Dogg, for Kobe. Precisely a retirement gift after 20 years of a career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Cadillac Escalade

Big bodied SUV from the United States (US) is riding Kobe Bryant’s daily activities for carpooling and dropping off his favorite daughter, Gianna, playing basketball.

RIP Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)

RIP Kobe Bryant

Competing 20 seasons in the NBA, United States professional basketball league, Kobe Bryant is the number 4 scorer in NBA history.

Basketball Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California, United States, Sunday (01/26/2020) afternoon local time.

The man who was born on August 23, 1978, died on his way to Mamba Sports Academy, his basketball training camp in Thousand Oaks, California.

Bryant’s second daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, also died in the accident. Gigi, Gianna’s nickname, is known to have the intention, interest, and talent to follow in his father’s footsteps on the basketball court.

Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.

Retiring from professional basketball after the last match on April 13, 2016, Bryant is active as a writer and film producer.

With a work ethic that is recognized by his colleagues deserves thumbs up, Kobe Bryant also received recognition from this new field.

In fact, his Dear Basketball film in 2017 won a 2018 Oscar for a short animated film.

Bryant’s Childhood

Kobe Bryant is the son of Joseph Washington “Jelly Bean” Bryant, who was also a professional basketball player for eight seasons. Kobe’s father played for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Bryant’s childhood had spent eight years in Italy since he was six years old. That was when his father left the NBA and continued playing professional basketball in Italy.

Bryant's Achievement in LA Lakers

Bryant began playing basketball at the age of three. Of course, because of the father too. Remarkably, from the beginning, he was a fan of the LA Lakers, the only professional team that he then strengthened for 20 seasons since 1996.

Back in the United States, Bryant joined the Lower Merion High School basketball team in Ardmore, Philadelphia.

Throughout his amateur career, Bryant scored an average of 31.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists.

He has also been a Pennsylvania Player of the Year at both the junior and senior high school levels – the level of junior and senior high school here.

His achievements led him to be the target of hunters for talent scouts and recruiters from universities, and even plural reasons for fierce competition in school basketball games in America.

Speaking of the basketball scholarship provider, Bryant once made Duke University, Michigan, North Carolina, and Villanova a list of opportunities. However, Kevin Garnett’s offer to the 1995 NBA target list he chose.

Bryant’s choice on Garnett’s offer also led him to jump straight into a professional basketball career. His action from the beginning to join the LA Lakers was immediately in the spotlight.

Although this also means that he did not have the chance to feel the name of a college. Kobe Bryant is the 27th player in the NBA who was recruited directly from the high school level school team here.

Professional Career

Bryant’s professional career is a Los Angeles Lakers. This is the only team he has strengthened in his professional career.

Not surprisingly, then, the LA Lakers no longer allow other players to use numbers 8 and 24, which is Bryant’s back number.

Bryant's Back Number

Of course, it’s not just a matter of numbers and Bryant. Bryant’s career record with this team is indeed fantastic.

When he died, he was listed as the fourth-highest scorer in NBA history.

Bryant, who plays as a guard at the LA Lakers, outperformed the acquisition of points Shaquille Rashaun “Shaq” O’Neal, his teammate and contemporaries at the LA Lakers who played as a center.

Previously, Bryant was even recorded as the holder of the record for collecting the third-most points, before being shifted by LeBron James, his junior in the same team. This ranking order shifted less than 24 hours before Bryant died.

The saddest thing, especially for LeBron James, is Bryant’s last tweet about his congratulations, who has just shifted Bryant’s position.

Bryant’s achievements are not just personal points. Together with the LA Lakers, they won the NBA five times in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010.

Bryant became the best NBA finals player in 2009 and 2010. He also became the best player (MVP) in 2008 and 2009.

Then, he is the record holder of playing in the All-Star Game MVP, which is four times in 2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011. Bryant also recorded 18 times played in the NBA All-Stars match, namely in 1998 and 2000-2016.

Not only for the LA Lakers, but Bryant also became the backbone for the United States basketball team when they won the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing, China, and the 2012 Olympics in London, England.

He set a personal point record in one match in 2006, precisely when the LA Lakers played against the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006. He scored 81 points in that match, becoming the second most recorded point in a single game in NBA history.

He also won the slam dunk contest in 1997. Then in 2006 and 2007, he became an NBA scoring champion.

Acting in Multimedia

Completed from a professional basketball career, the world of Kobe Bryant is not entirely separated from the world of sports that catapulted his name. Aside from continuing to train and own a basketball club, Bryant plays and makes films about basketball.

Besides Dear Basketball, who won the 2018 Oscars, Bryant also worked on Daddy’s Home (2015) and Detail (2018).

Bryant's short movie "Dear Basketball" won an Oscar

Bryant also founded Granity Studio, a multimedia company that he dedicated to presenting stories about the world of sports.

With all this progress and achievements, the world of sports — not just basketball — even laypeople experience deep sorrow and loss.

Although widely known as a helicopter user for daily transportation, Bryant was not described as an arrogant figure because of his choice.

Acknowledging the helicopter is an important tool for its activities, including maintaining fitness because time is not running out on the streets, Bryant is not stingy to use the helicopter for various purposes of others. One of them brought his colleague who needed a medical referral to the hospital.

The flow of expression of grief has not stopped since the first news of Bryant’s death broke. His teammate and contemporaries, Shaq, are among those who are clearly grieving.

Kobe Bryant married Vanessa Laine in 2001. From his marriage, they were blessed with four children, respectively Natalia Diamante Bryant (January 2003), Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant (May 2006 – 27 January 2020), Bianka Bella Bryant (December 2016), and Capri Kobe Bryant (June 2019).

Goodbye, Black Mamba …. So long ….

Motivational quote from Kobe Bryant