Updated: Jul 20, 2020
Today the world was hit with the news that the former NBA player Kobe Bryant passed away on a helicopter crash along with Gigi, his 13-year-old daughter and 7 more passengers. You don’t have to a basketball fan to been rocked by the shocking news. Sometimes the distance between what we think and what we want to say is unbridgeable and no matter how we arrange the words, there is no way to express that life is fragile and finite. At the end what it really matters are the infinite things that we do between we were born and the day of our death, and Kobe is one of those examples.
For most of the people Kobe Bean Bryant will be remembered as one of the greatest players of all time, as his resume pretty much speaks for itself. His accolades include:
Spent 20 seasons in the NBA, all with the Lakers
Fourth-leading scorer in NBA history (33,643 points)
Five-time NBA champion, twice named Finals MVP
11-time All-NBA First Team
Nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team
Two-time Olympic gold medalist
Youngest player in NBA history at the time of his debut in 1996
But how Kobe should be truly remembered is like his real story was; a kid with a dream, that worked insatiably to be how he wanted to be and be where he wanted to be, one of his main attributes was being a hard player, accepting challenges and as he said in one of his interviews always going after the best opponent player, since that pushed him to be better every day. A truly MVP in and out the basketball court, working hard on maintain his marriage despite all the up and downs that being a celebrity brings to the game. And an All of the TIME father, dedicated to his daughters, teaching them to dream like he did, coaching their sacrifices and fears given that their dad was one of the top players of the NBA. A pure soul that was living in peace after his retirement, looking forward on build a better future and a bigger legacy that the one that he had at the moment of his death.
As he said: Heroes comes and go, but LEGENDS are forever ….and you Dear Kobe were a Hero and a Legend.