LA Lakers’ shooting guard Kobe Bryant, who has been known for his exceptional skills and talent, will remain an inspiration for all. His untimely death at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California sent shock waves amongst his fans, celebrities and the sports world.
His words like “Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise” have been a source of inspiration to many. He was regarded as a living legend not only for his accomplishments but also for his commitment towards the game and his work ethics.
People celebrated Kobe Bryant as he became one of the greatest basketball players ever following his massive accomplishments during his 20-years-long career. He won five NBA Championships and 18 All-Star titles and was also a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive team, and the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2008.
Bryant’s daughter Gianna and nine other people have also lost their lives in the tragic crash. The victims were headed to Thousand Oaks, California, for a basketball match, which Bryant was supposed to coach and his daughter was expected to play.
Fans gathered near the crash site in larger numbers to pay tributes and honor Kobe Bryant. As a result, the local authorities had to restrict the area to the residents only and the Federal Aviation Authority had to set up a 5-mile no-fly zone up to altitudes of 5,000 feet around the crash site.
Following the sad news, tributes from around the world started to pour in. Several hashtags like #KobeBryant and #BlackMamba began to trend on Twitter.
The 2020 Grammys ceremony at Los Angeles opened with a heartfelt tribute being made for Kobe Bryant. While popstar Lizzo announced “Tonight is for you Kobe” during the ceremony and paid tribute with her emotional ballad “Cuz I Love You”, host Alicia Keys performed an acapella version of “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye” along with Boyz II Men to honor Bryant and his feats.
Speaking about the fateful incident, Keys said, “To be honest with you we are all feeling crazy sadness right now, because earlier today Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero. And we’re literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built.
“Right now, Kobe and his family and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirits, in our hearts, in our prayers, they’re in this building. I know how much Kobe loved music, so we got to make this a celebration in his honor.”