By ARIANA GHALAMBOR and ISABELLE SAMAAN
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”– Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant: a name that will forever be known. To some, he was simply a basketball player; to others, he was an inspiration, leader, father, friend and an indescribable man. Tragically, the second part of his legacy has ended too soon. His life story is a source of inspiration across generations and genders.
“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.”– Kobe Bryant
On Aug. 23, 1978, one of the most iconic players of our time had been brought to this world. Kobe Bryant was just three years old when he started playing basketball. Growing up, his favorite team was the Los Angeles Lakers, and his dream of playing for the team eventually became reality.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.”– Kobe Bryant
At the 1996 NBA Draft, Bryant was selected by the Charlotte Hornets as the 13th overall pick and promptly traded to the Lakers. Kobe Bryant went on to become a five time NBA champion, two time NBA Finals MVP, 2008 NBA MVP, 12 time All-NBA selection and 10 time All-Defensive selection.
“These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.”– Kobe Bryant
Past the accolades and statistics, Bryant was more than a great athlete. Although Bryant’s life largely revolved around his love for basketball, he also pursued worthy causes through his sport. Bryant became a huge advocate for women’s basketball. His love for the women’s game and appreciation for its stars led him to make a push for greater fan support. Since then, the WNBA has changed its often-criticized pay structure.
“I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.”Kobe Bryant
The 2018 Academy Award wining animated short, “Dear Basketball,” for which Bryant was executive producer, was a further source of inspiration for athletes, artists, and people of all ages.
“The topic of leadership is a touchy one. A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord. Throughout my years, I haven’t had that fear.”– Kobe Bryant
Bryant directly assisted in helping kids reach their dreams by founding the Mamba Academy, a training facility with youth & adult programs in Thousand Oaks, California.
“I like playing for the purple and gold. This is where I want to finish up.”– Kobe Bryant
His life ended prematurely on Jan. 26 with his daughter, Gianna, Gianna’s basketball teammate, Alyssa Altobelli, her mother, Keri, and her father, John, a baseball coach. Also killed in the Calabasas helicopter crash were Christina Mauser, a school basketball assistant coach; Payton Chester, another teammate of Gianna’s and Payton’s mother Sarah. The helicopter pilot, named in local reports as Ara Zobayan, was also killed.
Kobe Bryant’s impact is still felt beyond basketball. He inspires people and athletes around the world to follow their dreams no matter their circumstances. Bryant is also a role model to women because he had supported female athletes and supported equal pay between male and female basketball players. He also supported the idea to combine professional female and male basketball players into one organization.
Wildcats share reactions to Kobe Bryant’s untimely death
Redlands East Valley High School students Nigel, Mills and Anonymous share their reactions to basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s Death (La Plaza Photo)
REV students share their reactions to Kobe Bryant’s death, saying that ‘he was my idol’ and ‘he cried his eyes out’, describing him as the ‘best player.
Redlands East Valley High School students Adryan M. and Jayden M. express their reactions to basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s sudden passing and the legacy he has left for the younger generation. (La Plaza Photo)
Kobe Bryant: A timeline
Aug. 23, 1978
Bryant is born in Philadelphia
Aug. 23, 1978
Bryant is born in Philadelphia
He kicks off his basketball career in high school
Nov. 3, 1996
His first NBA game (Six minutes, zero points, one rebound, zero assists, one block, one turnover, 0/1 FG)
Bryant is arrested for sexual assault in Colorado. He leads the Lakers in scoring in 2003-04, on occasion flying back to Los Angeles for games after same-day court appearances in Colorado. The case is dropped in September 2004.
The last Kobe-Shaq squad loses in the Finals to Detroit. That summer, O’Neal is traded. Bryant almost signs with the Clippers in free agency but returns to the Lakers after agreeing to a seven-year, $136-million deal.
Lakers have a miserable season, finishing 34-48. New coach Rudy Tomjanovich quits mid-season because of health problems. Bryant misses 16 games due to injuries.
Bryant wins his fourth NBA title and is named Finals MVP as Lakers beat the Orlando Magic in five games.
Bryant collects his fifth ring as the Lakers beat the Celtics in seven games; he’s also named Finals MVP. He signs a three-year, $84-million extension, staying under contract through the 2013-14 season.
: Makes 15th All-Star team. Passes Chamberlain for fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Averages 27.3 points in 38.6 minutes a game for the season before rupturing his left achilles’ tendon.
Makes 15th All-Star team. Passes Chamberlain for fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Averages 27.3 points in 38.6 minutes a game for the season before rupturing his left achilles’ tendon.
Mamba Sports Academy opens in Thousands Oaks, California.
January 26, 2020
Kobe and his daughter Gianna die in a helicopter crash with seven others.
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