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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:11 pm
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Devastating news today with the news that Kobe Bryant had died in a helicopter crash. Even more devastating is that his 12 year old daughter and 7 others perished in the accident.

The tributes from all around the world have been amazing.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:07 pm
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Kobe Bryant, Transformational Star of the N.B.A., Dies in Helicopter Crash

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/26/sports/basketball/kobe-bryant-helicopter-crash.html

"The helicopter went down near Calabasas, Calif., about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, in foggy conditions, though the authorities were investigating the cause. The helicopter was on its way from Orange County, Calif., where the Bryant family lives, to Mr. Bryant’s youth basketball academy northwest of Los Angeles, where he coaches his daughter Gianna, who died in the crash.

It was a moment of national mourning, coast to coast. Thousands of people converged at Staples Center, the Lakers’ home arena in downtown Los Angeles; condolences poured in from presidents, celebrities and sports luminaries; and several entertainers paid tribute to Mr. Bryant at the Grammy Awards, which took place at the arena hours later. A shrine emerged at Mr. Bryant’s high school alma mater in suburban Philadelphia.

Mr. Bryant, 41, a force of nature on the court who gave himself the nickname Black Mamba, retired in 2016 with five N.B.A. championship rings and a long list of N.B.A. records — he was surpassed by LeBron James on Saturday night for third on the N.B.A. career scoring list. Signing with the league right out of high school in 1996, he changed the way the N.B.A. identified, groomed and developed its youngest stars.
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On Saturday night, when Mr. James, playing for the Lakers in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, passed Mr. Bryant on the career scoring list, he was wearing sneakers on which he had inscribed “Mamba 4 Life,” a reference to Mr. Bryant’s nickname. Mr. Bryant later tweeted his congratulations, the last message on his handle’s timeline.

In many ways, Mr. Bryant was the bridge between Mr. Jordan and Mr. James, the two most glamorous stars of their eras.
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The son of a former N.B.A. player, Mr. Bryant spent part of his childhood in Italy, where his father, Joe Bryant, known as Jellybean, spent the bulk of his pro career. Kobe Bryant became fluent in Italian and in addition to playing basketball took up soccer.

He credited soccer with helping hone his vision of the basketball court.
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Like Mr. Jordan, Mr. Bryant was a multidimensional scorer. He could shoot from the outside and drive to the rim with flair.
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Off the court and away from Hollywood’s bright lights, Mr. Bryant’s legacy was far more complicated. He was arrested in 2003 after a sexual assault complaint was filed against him in Colorado. A 19-year-old hotel employee claimed that Mr. Bryant, who was working to rehabilitate his knee after surgery, had raped her. The legal case dragged on for months, and details of the aggressive encounter with the employee and Mr. Bryant’s interview with the police became national headlines.

Prosecutors eventually dropped the case when the victim declined to testify. A civil suit was settled privately out of court for an undisclosed sum, and Mr. Bryant publicly apologized for the incident."
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:19 pm
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"No one lives forever, no one is assured of anything and Kobe's death proves it.

As the Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs tipped off their game on Monday (AEDT), each team held the ball for the full length of the 24-second shot clock in honour of Bryant, who wore number 24.

Spurs fans spent many years booing Bryant as his Lakers challenged them for titles. On Monday, they were chanting "Kobe, Kobe, Kobe" as the shot clock expired.

The game will go on, but Kobe will never be forgotten."


(Roy Ward, The Age)
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