A year after his death, the star Kobe Bryant shines more than ever in the NBA sky

Any fan of the NBA, basketball and sports in general remembers what he was doing on Sunday, January 26, 2020, shortly after 8:30 p.m. Because it is on this date and at this time that we learned, a year ago, the sudden death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash, along with his daughter Gianna and seven other people.

Twelve months later, if the “Black Mamba” has left to bite under other skies, he is still firmly anchored in the memories of his relatives, his fans, his former teammates and all those who had the opportunity. to meet or admire him during his career.

Starting, of course, with where Kobe Bryant has spent more than half of his life: Los Angeles. There, the situation has improved significantly since the retirement of the five-time NBA champion in 2016.

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The arrival in 2018 of LeBron James is certainly not foreign, he who had also promised to pay tribute to his “brother” at heart by bringing the title back to the Lakers. Promise finally kept, last October.

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However, as he confided recently, the “King” has still not mourned this tragic event. Proof that this wound cannot really heal, despite the 366 days that have passed since.


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The proverb wants time to do its work. As devastating and tragic as this event was, and still is for all of us involved, only time (will do its work). And it takes time. Everyone has their own grieving process. But I try not to put it back in my head because it’s too dark. »

Dark and terrible, this helicopter crash, however, offered additional motivation to the “Purple & Gold”. A kind of soul supplement that they fed on throughout the 2019/20 season, to win the 17th Larry O’Brien trophy in their history.

« Kobe and Gianna have guided the team all year round “, Declared Rob Pelinka, current vice-president of the Angelenos and former agent of Kobe Bryant, just after the coronation of last October. ” Kobe’s voice has been in my head all the time. Every day, every minute. […] To have had a friend who changed my life, and who helped me understand greatness and sacrifice, there is no greater gift. I know he’s proud of me. »

A feeling of pride shared by Anthony Davis, who was able to attend the late legend of the Lakers during the 2012 Olympic Games and who is now one of those wearing shoes from the famous Kobe range on his feet.

« We knew we were fighting to the end with a goal that did not only concern us. It was for the Bryant family. […] Before the tragedy, he would come to the games and tell us that it was our year, that we had to go and take this chance. He trusted our team. He even had a lot of faith in this franchise to win the title. I’m sure he’s looking at us from up there and he’s very proud. »Read the full news https://www.en24news.com/130692/2021/01/a-year-after-his-death-the-star-kobe-bryant-shines-more-than-ever-in-the-nba-sky.html

The model of more than a generation

What Kobe Bryant can also be proud of is the mark he left with a whole generation of basketball players, whether they were drafted in the 2000s or 2010. From LeBron James to Jayson Tatum, by the way by Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Paul George, DeMar DeRozan or Jamal Murray: all agree that the 2008 MVP allowed them to become the players they have become over time.

« He’s a player I observed when I was in middle school and then in high school “, LeBron James confessed in January 2020, on the eve of his friend’s death. ” I used him as a role model, especially when I saw him come straight from high school to the NBA. That a 17 year old kid comes to the NBA to make an impact on a franchise, it helped me. He helped me without knowing it by being able to do it. »

« Kobe was my idol », Said Kevin Durant in 2015.« I studied his game a lot and wanted to be like him. Kobe was our Michael Jordan. I watched the end of Jordan’s career with the Wizards, and I realize that Kobe is that player for our generation. »

« He was my Michael Jordan “, Launches his side Paul George for USA Today. ” He was the one every child wished to be like. I started playing basketball thanks to Kobe. I approached the game based on how he played on both sides of the court. I stole so many things from him and he left such an impression on me when I was a kid, just with the way he played. Aside from the talent God gave me, I credit him with everything else [de mon jeu]. »

« I didn’t have a Michael Jordan when I arrived and my reference was Kobe “, Dwyane Wade recognized in 2016.” He kind of pushed me to be the best player I could be, especially at the start of my career. It means a lot for the game but also for the players, individually. I have so much respect for him. His presence made me want to become the best possible player to swim in the same waters as him and the other full-backs before him. »

« Kobe Bryant was my inspiration “, In turn book DeMar DeRozan, one of those whose offensive style most resembles that of Kobe Bryant. ” Growing up, I started to understand and grasp the basics of basketball thanks to Kobe and being a Lakers fan. […] I remember begging my dad to buy the newspapers so I could find out what he was saying after games. It gave me a kind of connection with one of my favorite players and it pushed me to push myself even more when I was playing sports, especially basketball. »

« My favorite player was Kobe “, Proclaimed in 2018 Jayson Tatum, among those who had the chance to work individually with the double MVP of the Finals. ” When I was 4 or 5, and my mom asked me who I wanted to be later, I would say I wanted to be Kobe. My mom would then ask me if I wanted to play in the NBA and I would say to her: ‘No, I want to be Kobe’. He was just my favorite player. I had his posters, all his shirts. He was my player. If I play basketball, he is the reason. My earliest memories of basketball are from him. »

« When Kobe came to the NBA he became my dad’s favorite player so I started to admire him [et admirer] mentality. This will he had to win, to never give up, this level of confidence in himself and in his capacities that he had… Everything », Says Jamal Murray.Read the full news https://www.en24news.com/130692/2021/01/a-year-after-his-death-the-star-kobe-bryant-shines-more-than-ever-in-the-nba-sky.html

The “Mamba Mentality” continues and is exported

This mentality just mentioned by the leader of the Nuggets is one of the hallmarks of Kobe Bryant. Known under the name of “Mamba Mentality”, it goes beyond the simple framework of basketball since it is taken up by a whole bunch of athletes around the world, who are inspired by it to give the best of themselves.

« I didn’t realize he had such an impact on the lives of so many people outside of basketball », Recently admitted Anthony Davis on this subject. “From football to American football, to overseas players or even those who don’t play sports, it’s always about ‘Mamba mentality’. »

Among these sportsmen abroad, there is in particular Naomi Osaka, one of the best tenniswomen of the moment, current world No.3 and winner three times in a Grand Slam tournament. Because the Japanese was able to exchange a few times with the “Black Mamba”, as recently learned Jeannie Buss, woman of influence of the NBA universe.

« I hadn’t realized that he had given so much of his time and knowledge to other people », Reported the owner of the Lakers last September. ” Naomi Osaka, who won the US Open tennis tournament, spoke about conversations she had with Kobe. He was like that.

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The lessons he taught us and what he stood for will not go away with time. He will always be part of this franchise. I know the relationship I had with Kobe and how generous he was to me with his support and advice. He was like that. »

In the NBA, Kyrie Irving is certainly the one who most refers to this “Mamba Mentality”, he who was one of Kobe Bryant’s little ones for several years. Together, they had a special relationship, which they have continued to forge over time.

« We had great discussions for years and it was great “, Remembered the champion 2016 last January. ” I had this type of student / mentor relationship with him and was able to ask him anything, even if I was nervous or fearful. It was so easy to bring up any kind of question with him. Some tried to copy what he was doing. Others sent him messages like ‘How do you manage a period of awkwardness?’ He’d say things like, ‘

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The best shoot is next. Find a solution, and fuck them all. ‘ Simple things but he helped you find the solution deep inside yourself. Always. »

A legacy visible on many levels

As mentioned previously with Anthony Davis, the legacy of the fourth leading scorer in NBA history can be measured today through his range of shoes, soberly titled Kobe. If “AD” is one of its most famous muses, he is not alone.

Devin Booker, also considered one of the worthy heirs of Kobe Bryant, also wears sneakers adorned with the logo of his idol. Sneakers constantly adorned with a symbolic phrase for him, since spring 2016.

« Kobe is with me everyday », Confided the back of the Suns last summer. ” You can see it on my shoes with this ‘Be Legendary’. It is a booster shot. And, even without that, I think about him two to three times a day. If not more … »

Khris Middleton also finds a way to honor the memory of his illustrious predecessor, as soon as he puts on his shoes.

“We think of Kobe as soon as we put on the shoes “, Admitted the back of the Bucks last November. ” We think about him, what he did for this sport, how quickly his life came to a halt. We remember that, during a free agency, he wore several unique models, including Jordan. It was cool to see him with custom Jordans, and now some players are wearing custom Kobes. It’s like a transmission to the new generation. It shows that he was the Michael Jordan of our time. “

Other means can of course be found to perpetuate the legacy of the “Black Mamba” forever. If the Lakers should one day announce the installation of a statue bearing the effigy of their legend, near the Staples Center, we learned for example that Donald had

that a sculpture representative of the famous n ° 8 and n ° 24 be erected soon, at the National Garden of American Heroes. And, this, in order to honor this “Hero” sport for ” heights he has reached “And” the hope he transmitted To many people.

Finally, what better symbol than that of Pau Gasol, to honor the memory of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna as long as possible?

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The Spanish interior, a two-time champion alongside the future Hall of Famer, has indeed decided to name his daughter Elisabet Gianna in honor of his “Niece” missing and her “Brother”, which he will obviously never forget.

Like everyone who follows the NBA, after all. And this sad anniversary is the perfect opportunity to remember this iconic legend that was, is and will remain the “Black Mamba”.

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