Published: Tue, January 28, 2020
Culture | By Margie Dunn

World of tennis pays homage to Kobe Bryant

World of tennis pays homage to Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among those tragically killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday.

He was 41.TMZ first reported Bryant's death. By the time the sun rose on a new week for India, it had been confirmed that "The Black Mamba" and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine killed in the crash. TMZ cited a family representative as the source.

"Not just for basketball fans, but also for everything he did for the sport", Neymar told Canal Plus when asked about Bryant after the game.

Bryant went on to win two more titles in 2009 and 2010, and retired in 2016.

"Kobe was also an fantastic dad who loved his family deeply - and took great pride in his daughter's love for the game of basketball".

The song, Keys said, was performed because "we wanted to do something that could describe a tiny bit how we all feel right now".

Onward State would also like to offer its thoughts and prayers to Kobe Bryant's family, friends, and anybody else who was impacted by Sunday's tragedy.

Kobe Bryant’s Death Made Staple Center Stadium Shed Tears How Important is Kobe Bryant to the NBA Industry
Kobe Bryant’s Death Made Staple Center Stadium Shed Tears How Important is Kobe Bryant to the NBA Industry

Bryant returned to Pennsylvania for high school but spoke fluent Italian and often said it would be a "dream" to play in the country.

"Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players".

The footage of him alighting from the plane showed the 35-year LA Lakers star reduced to tears as he shared powerful embraces with close sympathisers. Bryant denied the accusations, and charges eventually were dismissed after his accuser refused to testify.

The basketball superstar won five NBA titles during a 20-year playing career spent entirely with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant was one of the league's most prolific scorers who won two NBA Finals MVP awards and one NBA regular-season MVP in 2008.

The Philadelphia native went straight from high school to the National Basketball Association, skipping the college ranks.

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