“I idolized the game of Kobe and Magic to the point that I was called “Magic”.” Sdwjr #FOC
Anyone who grown up around the time of early Kobe Bryant will affirmed that Kobe Bryant skills set where apart of their game almost every time. I can remembered friends who did watched film of Kobe and copied pretty much all his drills. I know most of them are extremely surprised that he is dead.I am surprised that he is dead.
As a basketball player I idolized Kobe and Magic to the point that I was once called “Magic”.He was a kind athlete that comes everyday to win and everyday to devour his opponent.His drive and passion for the game of basketball can’t be measure.I wondered if he knows how much he has impact so much people in remote places in the world.
Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, nicknamed Gigi, was also onboard the private helicopter when it went down on Sunday, reps for the former basketball player told TMZ Sports.
Emergency personnel responded but no one on board survived. Five people are confirmed dead, TMZ reported. The outlet said that Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant — with whom he shares all four children — was not onboard.
Sources told ESPN that the helicopter was headed to a travel basketball game for Gianna, and that the other passengers were another player and their parent.
Bryant is survived by Vanessa, 37, and their daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.
Spokespersons for LA county sheriff’s office and LAPD did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Earlier this month, the former NBA star — who retired in 2016 — revealed that he had recently started watching basketball all the time because of his 13-year-old daughter.
“Before Gigi got into basketball I hardly watched it, but now that’s she’s into basketball, we watch every night,” Kobe told former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on the Showtime Basketball podcast All the Smoke.
Kobe and his daughter also attended several Lakers games before the start of the new year, marking the first time he had been to a game since his jersey was retired in 2017.