A Legend Died, but His Legacy Lives On

“Heroes come and go but legends are forever.” – Kobe Bryant 

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The nation continues to grieve over the shocking news of Kobe Bryant’s death on Sunday, January 26. He was killed in a helicopter crash in California, along with his 13 year old daughter Gianna and seven others. According to reports, his daughter and the other passengers were on their way to a basketball game. 

Leaving a legacy bigger than basketball, his life is unforgettable. Kobe Bryant signed with the league right after high school, changing the perspective of the entire NBA. He became one of the youngest players there and later transformed the league. Giving basketball meaning, he was was a role model to many. 

Noah Graham
Kobe Bryant was a great role model for many.

Beyond being an 18-time All-Star, who led his team to the NBA Championships multiple times and winning it five consecutive times, he inspired others on and off the court. Having played 20 seasons with the Lakers, and winning many championships and a long list of NBA records, nothing could stand in his way. 

There was more to his life than his career. He was a father of four and a husband, who strived to be there for his family and who encouraged  his daughters to follow their dreams. He encouraged Gianna to give basketball a try.  He was the reason young athletes picked up the ball and even gave interest to the sport. 

To break the silence, I interviewed teachers/staff and students about their thoughts; here are the questions and answers. 

How did you feel after hearing the tragic event? What did he mean to you?

 

Christian Petersen

“Right when I heard about his death I didn’t believe it. I thought it was a rumor. Then my friends texted me and my whole body was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. I grew up watching Kobe and losing an icon like him affected me in an extreme way.”

  • – Kidus Begashaw 

 

What did he mean to you?

“No matter where you are or where you’re from, hearing the word “Kobe!” right after hitting a jump shot–because it was his signature. He was an icon and carried the true meaning of basketball.”

– Suhayb Hassan

How did you see Kobe as a role model?

“He came into the NBA at a young age showing enthusiasm in the sport. He was a great player, but I really hadn’t thought of him as an influencer.” – Mr.Goode

How did his life impact you before the incident?

“He came into the league right after leaving high school and was drafted to the Hornets. That same night he was traded to the Lakers, making them put a lot of trust in him. He had great potential which built up the rest of his career.” 

– Coach Jackson

What is one memorable thing that you remember from his life?

“When he scored 81 points against the Raptors and scored 60 points in the final game of his career. He was a fierce competitor, which was apparent since he won throughout his career. ” – Mr. Shearer

 

We may have lost a legend but his legacy will still stay with us.