Four years ago, on January 26, 2020, a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other individuals. It seems like it was both recently and eternally ago. Time seems skewed by tragedy.
Gianna was 13 years old when Bryant passed away, and he was 41 when he was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame posthumously.
They were on their way to an NBA game. John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, and Ara Zobayan are all on board.
The Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA and WNBA (both leagues have trophies named after him), Nike, the Mamba and Mamba Cita Foundation, and the NBA all carry on Bryant’s legacy.
After Natalia was born in January 2003, Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa Bryant became parents for the first time, and their daughter’s brood kept growing after that.
Kobe Bryant once revealed that he was constantly teased by males, and his pals told him that it required a true man to make a boy. Kobe answered Dude, it took a king to make a princess.
The baller instilled in his “little princesses” the value of perseverance and hard effort. During his 2017 retirement ceremony, Kobe Bryant clarified that the journey was more important than the destination.
Bryant’s influence on culture began during his playing career, continued to grow when he retired, and now seems to have expanded since his passing four years ago today.
The shooting scene was first included as a brief clip on “Chappelle’s Show” in the early 2000s, but it quickly gained popularity. Even The Undertaker, a WWE wrestler, was observed yelling, “Kobe,” as he fired a piece of trash into a can.
Not only did Bryant use his killer instinct off the court, but his work ethic and dedication to the game of basketball inspired numerous others worldwide. The former player for the Lakers threw himself into his media endeavors and ended up becoming the first sportsman to win an Oscar.
Tyronn Lue, the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, recently talked about the impact playing alongside Kobe Bryant had on his career.
In light of the approaching anniversary of Bryant’s passing, head coach Darvin Ham talked candidly about his interactions with and lessons learned from the man.
There are hundreds of murals of Kobe throughout the world, and Kobemural.com cites nearly 350 of them in Southern California. Most of those were added after Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.
In a recent phone conversation, Mike Asner, the founder of Kobemural.com, told The Times that after receiving so much from Kobe and the Bryant family, it was now the artists’ turn to give back. They could use their creativity to inspire others and provide destinations.
Kobe Bryant’s Statue At City’s Center
On February 8, the Lakers will erect a bronze statue in Bryant’s honor at Star Plaza, which is situated outside the Crypto.com Arena.
Playing in the City of Angels, Kobe felt at home in Los Angeles ever since he moved there and joined the Lakers franchise, according to a statement from Vanessa Bryant.
In front of the location known as the house that Kobe constructed, she continued, saying that she was honored to be able to reveal Kobe’s statue in the middle of Los Angeles so that his legacy may be honored forever on behalf of the Lakers, her girls, and herself.
Kobe Bryant is considered one of the greatest sportsmen of all time and a highly iconic figure in Los Angeles’ history, according to Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.
He went on to say that this, in the heart of their city, was the best location for a statue honoring Kobe, where everyone could come together to celebrate and draw inspiration from his amazing accomplishments.