Today, the world is mourning the tragic news that the former NBA player Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash with Gigi, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven more passengers. You don’t have to a basketball fan to been rocked by the shocking news. Most of the time, 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. In the end, what 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 people, Kobe will be remembered as one of the greatest players of all time, as his achievements pretty much speak for themselves. His accolades include:
- Played twenty seasons in the NBA with the Lakers
- The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history
- Five-time NBA champion,
- 18-times All-Star Player
- 11-time All-NBA First Team
- Nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team
- Two-time Olympic gold medalist
- The youngest player in NBA history at the time of his debut
But how Kobe should be indeed 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 as being a hard player, accepting challenges and as he once 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 to 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 to building a better future and a bigger legacy than 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.