Kobe Bryant’s death along with 8 others, including his daughter Gianna, stunned the sports world on Sunday. Bryant’s untimely passing robs the NBA community of one of the greatest to ever play the game. IN THE VIDEO ABOVE AND BELOW, Bryant put together a Hall of Fame career and his accomplishments, stats and legacy rival any Laker in history.
Kobe played 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, making 15 All-NBA Teams, tied for the most with LeBron James, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar and Tim Duncan. He also won an MVP and had 18 All-Star berths. Many of the best memories came in the regular season, like his 81-point game vs. the Raptors, 62 points in 3 quarters vs. the Mavericks, the free throws with a torn Achilles.
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Kobe Bryant will be an NBA Hall of Famer, something the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has pretty much confirmed (it was a no-brainer even before his death). His impact on the game on and off-the-court will greatly be missed, including his impact on the community of Los Angeles.
Chat Sports hosts Tom Downey and Harrison Graham reflect on the legacy of Kobe, their favorite memories and moments of his career and how he will be missed.
The likes of Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and more also issued statements on the tragic death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash Sunday morning.
The 9 passengers aboard the helicopter on Sunday were:
Kobe Bryant, 41
Gianna Bryant, 13 (Kobe’s 2nd oldest daughter of 4)
Alyssa Altobelli (teammate of Gianna)
John Altobelli (Alyssa’s father)
Keri Altobelli (Alyssa’s mother)
Christina Mauser (Gianna’s basketball coach at Harbor Day School)
Payton Chester (teammate of Gianna)
Sarah Chester (mother of Payton)
Ara Zobayan (pilot)