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Kobe Bryant shockingly passed away on January 26. The most famous basketball player in the world tragically died in a helicopter crash near California. He was only 41… The world will never forget the best Kobe Bryant achievements but now we just want to say: RIP Legend.
The beginning of 2020 was definitely not the best one in all senses. After fast-spreading forest fires in Australia and the emergence of a death-defying coronavirus in China, the next sad news came from the US. On January 26, the media reported that Kobe Bryant has died as a result of a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. He was traveling with 8 other people, including his 13-years-old daughter Gianna. All of them passed away when the copter went down.
As the news regarding the accident is constantly updating, we can’t name the official reason for the helicopter crash so far. However, it is known that the aircraft went down in a remote field off Las Virgenes around 10 am. The experts name the fog and technical failures as the most possible reasons that led to the terrible loss. Whatever caused this tragedy, the sad truth is that living legend was killed at the age of just 41. Let’s remember the best Kobe Bryant achievements to honor the memory of the major basketball star in the world.
Best Kobe Bryant achievements: how he became #1
Kobe Bryant’s life was eventful since the day he was born in Philadelphia. As the youngest child in a family, he was the only boy at the same time and was given a lot of attention. At the age of 6, his family moved to Italy. While living in Rieti, little Kobe started playing basketball, taking his father – a retired NBA player – as an example. He quickly gained success in this sport and even became a school star.
Kobe got his first remarkable achievements while playing basketball at Lower Merion High School. He became the first freshman to start for its varsity team and brought it success in three years. Bryant became Pennsylvania Player of the Year and got fourth-team Parade All-American nomination at the same time. After such a successful start, Kobe was about turning to pros. However, he didn’t abandon playing for his high school and received other awards as a team leader.
NBA career and records
At the age of 18, Kobe Bryant debuted for Summer Pro League, later replaced by NBA Summer League. He became the youngest player ever to take part in an NBA game as well as the youngest starter ever. By the way, he still holds this record. Much later, Kobe became the second-highest-paid NBA player ever, with $323 million in career salary.
Besides remaining the youngest player to join the NBA, there are many other best Kobe Bryant achievements that were never beaten. Thus, he scored the most points (81) in a single game of the modern NBA era. Playing as a guard, the legend also made the most turnovers and free-throws in history.
Kobe joined LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Tim Duncan as a winner of 15 All-NBA team honors. Also, he was one of only 4 to win nine All-Defensive First Team prizes. Bryant still holds two opposite records. He is the youngest player to reach 33.000 points at the age of 37 and the oldest player ever to score more than 60 points per game. He gave himself a nickname “Black Mamba” and who could argue that he is not as dangerous on the floor as it is?
The life after retirement
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Kobe Bryant: “The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. “For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals. But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna. “We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization and the entire sports world.”
Kobe Bryant retired from basketball in 2016. After leaving sports of his life, a 38-years-old legend hasn’t stopped breaking records. Thus, he won an Oscar statuette for his animated short film Dear Basketball. He started the production company Kobe (Granity) Studios, aiming to tell people more about sports. Kobe admitted in one of his interviews that he’s full of ideas and screenplays for his future masterpieces. Luckily, he had time to publish several books about his life & career. The most popular of them are The Mamba Mentality: How I Play and The Wizenard Series.
Bryant was also a role-model father to his 4 daughters from Vanessa Laine, the love of his life. She gave birth to Natalia, Bianka, Capri, and Gianna – the one who died with her dad on January 26. A 13-years-old girl dreamt to follow her father’s steps and become a basketball star under Kobe’s guidance. However, these plans were never meant to be… RIP Kobe and Gianna Bryant, the world will be missing you.