January 26, 2020

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Kobe Bryant NBA idol leaves four children

The basketball world loses one of the greatest in its history: Kobe Bryant, legend of the Los Angeles Lakers, is killed in a helicopter crash near his adopted home. The circumstances of the accident are still unclear.

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash. The Los Angeles County Department sheriff said the accident occurred just before 10 a.m. local time in a suburb of Los Angeles. The former LA Lakers star turned 41. Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and their four children Gianna, Natalia, Bianca and their first daughter Capri, born last year.

First, the US online portal TMZ reported on the accident. According to this, a total of five people died in the crash in the small town of Calabasa. After the crash, a fire broke out that hampered the work of the rescue workers. The emergency services could no longer have saved anyone.

“Michael Jordan of our generation”

Bryant was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1978 and is considered one of the best players in NBA history. With the Los Angeles Lakers, he won a total of five championships in the North American professional league NBA from 1996 to 2016. 2008 won the gold medal with the US national team at the Olympic Games in Beijing. “Kobe means so much for the league, for basketball worldwide,” said German basketball legend Dirk Nowitzki about Bryant in 2016 when he ended his career. “He was the Michael Jordan of our generation.”

The list of personal awards from Bryant is long: The almost two meter tall shooting guard was elected to the NBA’s All-Star team 18 times. In its prime, it scored 81 points in a one-off game in 2006. His 33,643 points in regular season games are the fourth most in NBA history – LeBron James just passed Bryant in third place on the leaderboard last night. In 2018 he received an Oscar for his short film “Dear Basketball”, for which Bryant wrote the screenplay.

Even though Bryant was unable to continue his heyday after an Achilles tendon rupture and missed the playoffs again and again with the Lakers, he still managed to finish in Hollywood. In his last game, he scored another 60 points at the age of 37. “How many children can say that they were allowed to play for their favorite team and spend their entire careers there,” Bryant said afterwards. “You can’t write this story better.”