“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.” -Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bean Bryant passed away on 26 January 2020 in a helicopter crash with his 13-year old daughter, Gianna, on the way to a Mambo League basketball tournament that he was coaching Gianna for. His and his daughter’s untimely deaths came as a shock to everyone, leaving countless people mourning for them.
Kobe Bryant was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he entered the National Basketball Association (NBA) directly from high school, and played his entire 20-season basketball career in the league with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant was a skilled and accomplished top performer, with remarkable scoring capability. His work ethic and determination were unparalleled by any other player.Throughout his career, he has amazed countless people with his undeniable talent and commitment. He is also the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points!
Kobe Bryant was also a family man who always puts his kids first. He had 4 daughters, Natalia, Gianna, Bianka and Capri. Although many of his fans wanted him and his wife, Vanessa, to have a boy so as to carry on the family legacy and tradition, Bryant always supported his daughters and often voiced how much he loved being a father to his girls.I also admire him for keeping up with a rigorous training routine while still never compromising family time.
“He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary. 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.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says in a statement.
I feel that this quote says a lot about him and how he inspires others to strive and get better. In hopes of following his footsteps, countless others are also influenced by him to never give up and reach their full potential. His success is not only an inspiration, but also an influence, compelling others to take the first step and improve themselves.