Kobe Bryant leaves an incredible legacy behind

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Kobe Bryant warms up before one of his games. Bryant always arrived the earliest.

Kobe Bryant has become a big idol for basketball fans and players alike. Bryant left a legacy behind when he retired, which has continued after his sudden and heartbreaking death. His achievements are recognized by millions and his life will be remembered by everyone.

Sophomore Lorah Eakin described him as, “One of the greatest players and he deserves to always be remembered.” 

Kobe Bryant was one of the few players to skip college and go straight to the NBA and was the only player to play all twenty of his career seasons with a single team, the Los Angeles Lakers. With the Lakers, Bryant won five NBA championships, during two of which he was named the MVP. He was also an 18-time All-Star, made the All NBA Team 15 times, was named the NBA Scoring Champion two times, and won several other notable awards. 

Upon his retirement, Kobe had a career total of 33,643 points, 7,047 rebounds, and 6,306 assists. He’s watched the game of basketball evolve through many generations and inspired millions to never give up on a dream. Bryant always understood what it took to be a great player, and he never put in less effort despite being recognized for his many accomplishments. But, he will be remembered for being more than just one of the game’s ultimate competitors. He will be remembered as a family man. 

For the people who knew Bryant, they recognized that family came first for him. His heart was always with his wife and four daughters. Bryant put his family first and he loved his family more than anything in the world, but his unexpected death left millions in shock. 

On January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant, along with eight others, boarded a helicopter flight to head to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California. They crashed in Calabasas, California, at approximately 10 a.m. Onboard was Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant; baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and their daughter Alyssa; Sarah and Payton Chester; Mamba Academy basketball coach Christina Mauser; and pilot Ara Zobayan.

Bryant left what Sophomore Shylanae Lacks describes as, “A legacy called ‘Mamba,’ which was an ego he created to get through the lowest point of his career and turned it into a youth basketball team that his daughter played on.”

Bryant was able to turn his setbacks in life into something beautiful.

Kobe Bryant was an idol, a tremendously talented athlete and a family man. He will always be remembered and his name will live on forever.