The news of Kobe and His Daughters Passing Sent Shockwaves Throughout the Sports World and the World Itself
Let me start out by saying that I am not a writer. I am just a guy who can write. For my entire life I’ve had the ability to effectively convey my thoughts, feelings, and emotions; whether verbally or on paper. I am rarely at a loss for words. This is different however. The tragic events of this past Sunday and the untimely death of Kobe Bryant has me caught in one of those rare moments. As I wipe away tears as I pen this piece, I still find myself wondering is this real. Is this moment in time truly happening? I’m sure it’s a sentiment shared by more than a few. ￼
Kobe, along with his 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven others, were killed in a helicopter crash early Sunday morning in Calabasas, California. The group was on their way to a youth basketball game at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks.
The news of Kobe’s passing sent shockwaves throughout the sports world and the world itself. Several NBA teams paid tribute to the fallen star in games across the league Sunday and Monday.
Just four years removed from the sport that made him a star, Bryant had spent his retirement working on a variety of different projects. He claimed that he wanted to be known as a storyteller and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 2018 for “Dear Basketball”, a film based on the essay he wrote announcing his retirement. He also released the first book in a planned young adult fantasy series, The Wizenard Series: Training Camp, written alongside Wesley King. His entertainment company, Granity Studios, had a number of other projects in the works. Of all his numerous on court accolades, he was most proud of his Academy Award.
For all of his on court magnificence, Kobe as a man was not perfect but none of us are. What he was however was perfect for a generation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bryant family, and to the families of the seven other victims of this tragic accident.