The world is in shock today with news that basketball legend, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, have been killed in a helicopter crash caused by extremely bad weather conditions.
To pay tribute, NBA team Dallas Mavericks will retire the No. 24 jersey in honour of Kobe Bryant and NBA also paid tribute. #RIPKobeBryant
In a statement from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, shared, “The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.”
He continued, “For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections and two Olympic gold medals. But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.”
“We send out heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization and the entire sports world,” his statement concluded.
Alicia Keys also took it upon herself as the host of the Grammy Awards 2020 to pay tribute to the fallen hero as she asked for a moment of silence for the late hero, as the show took place “in the house that Kobe Bryant built.” She then brought Boyz To Men onstage for a heartfelt musical performance.
We’re deeply saddened by the demise of Kobe Bryant and all those that we in the helicopter with him. Our heart? goes out to all families affected.
By: Bradley Brizzy