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Reckoning with Kobe Bryant's complicated past

It’s April 13th,2016 you’re watching Kobe last game. Or it’s June 17th, 2010, and you’re watching him win his fifth ring. It’s plenty of things we can remember about the 18-time All-Star, five-time NBA championship, and Lakers all-time leading scorer. He was an MVP in 2008 and a two-time scoring champ, as well as an inspiration for us all.

On January 26th, 2020 we all received the devastating news that Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna has died and the entire world stops. The world mourned together as murals were painted, countless memorial posts, even children named after him. The NBA world was hurt as players who grew up watching Kobe find out while shooting around that a legend was gone.

The NBA tributed the NBA all-star MVP award to him, naming it the Kobe Bryant Most Valuable Player Award. There were talks about changing the NBA logo to Kobe Bryant’s imagery. Players writing Kobe’s name on their shoes or wearing Kobe’s jersey before the game. All things to represent Kobe’s name. The NFL honored during the Pro bowl with a presentation on the jumbotron at the game.

Kobe with all the things in the sport, did even more like a man and humanitarian, as he inspired children and adults around the world to tap into their inner Mamba Mentality. Although he is not here anymore, his name will live forever, as people will speak about Kobe “Bean” Bryant forever.

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