It’s been a week since the numbing news of the sudden passing of Kobe Bean Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others in a tragic helicopter accident in Calabasas. Hours and days spent alternating between grief and disbelief have slowly turned to remembering the greatness of the Black Mamba, both on and off the court. The countless jaw-dropping moments, the championships and more.
As emotional as it has been to watch the numerous heartfelt tributes around the league and interviews with those who knew Bryant best, they remind us of Kobe’s lasting impact on so many and his ‘Mamba Mentality’ legacy of relentless hard work to pursue goals in the face of adversity and challenges.
Kobe, thank you for the amazing, thrilling basketball over two decades as a Los Angeles Laker, but most of all, thank you for inspiring all of us to strive to be the best we can. Rest in peace, you will be missed.