per source : https://nypost.com/2020/01/26/kobe-bryant-reportedly-killed-in-california-helicopter-crash/
If this unfortunate news is true, then we lost something more than a legend today. Kobe was someone who went a little bit beyond basketball, he was a mentality, a state of mind, he was the Black Mamba. And for all of us who are in this sport or any others have to respect the unmovable, hard-working personality one of the greatest players in basketball brought to the world of sports.
I still can’t believe he is gone, and from a standpoint of a hater and later a fan of his work, I can’t believe that he didn’t get to enjoy life after basketball destined for him.
In all hopes that this was fake news, I waited for any big newsletter to say it is fake, but it seems that it isn’t.
The guy whos name we would shout when shooting a paper into the trash bin, the man who thought us what toughness really means and would show it from the first day he was drafted to his last day as a pro in the NBA.
Thank you Kobe for inspiring more than one generation of basketball fans, players and coaches.
Kobe meant a lot to me, not in the sense that he was my favorite player, on the contrary, he was my least favorite for a long while. I remember me and my late brother playing NBA back in the days, and he would always choose the lakers while I the Kings or Pacers. It was a bitter rivalry, Kobe vs Jermain O’neal, Kobe vs Paul George, Kobe vs Jordan, all of those were my choices against his Kobe…it was.
It was back then where I started forming this rivalry against him, but through the years, through all those years, my brothers passing, my torn ACL, my switch from player to coach, that I started to love and respect Kobe Bryant, I always respected his mentality to the game, and yet now….now it is like someone close to me died.
It’s like he was part of us, all of us who aspired to be great players, great coaches, great at anything. That Maba mentality will stay with us who saw him play forever.
We all lost a great father, basketball player, and before all a great competitor.
Rest in Peace Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant.