Kobe Bryant is among 5 killed.
Blog King, Mass Appeal
LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant, an 18-time All-Star with the Los Angeles Lakers, was among nine victims killed Sunday afternoon in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. He was only 41. Kobe’s daughter, 13-year-old Gianna, also died in the explosion. Rumor has it the helicopter plunged 2,000 feet per minute after the engine caught fire. The chopper was also flying in foggy conditions that local authorities considered dangerous. Kobe’s quietus comes just 24 hours after Lakers forward LeBron James passed him for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring last. Prior to the Lakers’ 108-91 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, James inscribed “Mamba 4 Life” and “8/24 KB” on his sneakers as a panegyric.
LeBron vows to continue Kobe's legacy. pic.twitter.com/4szdJ9IBQZ
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 28, 2020
“It’s another guy that I looked up to when I was in grade school and high school,” James said earlier in the week. “Seeing him come straight out of high school, he is someone that I used as inspiration. It was like, wow. Seeing a kid, 17-years-old, come into the NBA and trying to make an impact on a franchise, I used it as motivation. He helped me before he even knew of me because of what he was able to do. So, just to be able to, at this point of my career, to share the same jersey that he wore, be with this historical franchise and just represent the purple and gold, it’s very humbling and it’s dope.”
King James then added, “Kobe’s a legend, that’s for damn sure.”
Kobe is a former league MVP, an Olympic gold medalist and 5-time world champion. He leaves behind his wife Vanessa and their other 3 daughters — Natalia, Bianka and Capri. RIP Black Mamba! You’re gone but not forgotten. Heaven just gained a Hall of Fame shooting guard.
One more thing… a Chamberlain Heights cartoon predicted Kobe’s helicopter death 3 years ago.
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