LA FANS STUNNED IN WAKE OF LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT DEATH

YJMN- (KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN) – THE NBA AND THE ENTIRE WORLD OF SPORTS PARTICULARLY LA SPORTS FANS STOPPED IN THEIR TRACKS AFTER HEARING THE NEWS OF LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT’S PASSING IN A HELICOPTER CRASH ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON OUTSIDE OF LA COUNTY. BRYANT WAS MR. LAKER FROM THE START OF HIS CAREER AND TO THE END, FANS OF LA LOVED THE ICONIC NBA STAR FOR NOT ONLY WHAT HE DID ON THE COURT BUT OFF IT AS WELL, AS A PLAYER WINNING THE CITY 5 TITLES FROM 2000-10 AND MORE IMPORTANTLY OFF THE COURT INTO RETIREMENT AN AMBASSADOR FOR THE CITY HE CALLED HOME SINCE ENTERING THE NBA AT AGE 17.

BRYANT DEDICATION AND EXAMPLE AS A LEADER IN LOS ANGELES WAS INSPIRATIONAL, ALWAYS CONTRIBUTING HIMSELF WHETHER IT WAS A SPEAKING FORUM TO HELPING CHILDREN AT CAMPS ACROSS LA AND THE WORLD LETTING THEM KNOW TO “FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS AND THERE IS LIFE AFTER IT WHEN IT’S OVER”, KOBE DID THAT. BRYANT LOVED HIS FAMILY…A GREAT HUSBAND, FATHER, AND A STRONG CORNERSTONE ALONG WITH HIS WIFE CONTINUED TO SET THE EXAMPLE OF SELFISHNESS TO THEIR CHILDREN ON BEING GREAT AND TO GIVE BACK.

BRYANT MEANT A LOT TO THE NBA WITH HIM AND JORDAN BROUGHT EXCITEMENT IN THE LEAGUE AND LET THE DEBATE BEGIN ON “WHO’S THE GREATEST” LONG BEFORE LEBRON AND FANS OF LA PICKED THEIR CHOICE AS YOU WHERE THE STANDS OR WATCHING ON TV CHANTING “KOBE, KOBE, KOBE” LAKERS FANS DUBBED HIM “MR. LAKER” CAUSE HIS GREATNESS IN PURPLE AND GOLD WAS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST OF LAKERS PLAYERS HELD BY MAGIC FOR A LONG TIME. BRYANT LOYALTY TO THE FANS, NBA WAS GREAT AND WITH THE LAKERS ORGANIZATION THAT HE CONTINUED TO STAY WITHIN THE NBA TO HELP GROW THE SPORT MORE IN ANY WAY HE CAN AFTER RETIREMENT.

THE PASSING OF KOBE BRYANT HAS HIT US ALL PEOPLE ARE IN SHOCKED, NUMBED, DISBELIEF, SADDENED, HEARTBROKEN, ANGRY, UNEXPECTED, AND WHATEVER ACCOLADES YOU’RE FEELING. KOBE BRYANT WAS A ICONIC LEGEND IN NOT ONLY THE NBA; BUT ALL OF SPORTS, SO LET’S REMEMBER AND CELEBRATE THE WAY AND HOW KOBE LIVED; NOT HOW HE DIED.

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