Kobe Bryant: A Legend On and Off the Court

On January 26, 2020, basketball star Kobe Bryant and eight others, including his 13 year old daughter, Gianna, died in a tragic helicopter crash. Most people assume that Kobe was nothing but a basketball player, however he was also a father, husband and writer.


When Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016, he wrote a poem which he titled, “Dear Basketball,” where he told the story of how he fell in love with the sport. The following year, he and Glen Keane, an animator, came together to produce a short film for the poem that went on to win the 2018 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Post-Produced Graphic Design and the 2018 Academy Award for Best Short Film (animated).


Kobe Bryant was considered one of the best basketball players of all time. He entered the NBA straight out of high school, which is incredibly rare. Kobe played 20 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2016, saying in his poem, “Dear Basketball,” that, “My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind but my body knows it's time to say goodbye.”


Bryant was a father of four daughters, Bianka (3), Natalia (17), Capri (1) and Gianna (13), who died in the crash. His wife, Vanessa, has made little comment on her husband and daughter’s death.


Bryant and Gianna were buried at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary in California on February 11, 2019.


The entire country has been mourning the death of this legend for months. Maybe now the country and Kobe’s family can start to gain a sense of peace.

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