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
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
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
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
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
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.