The former Los Angeles Lakers champion Kobe Bryant was among nine killed in a helicopter crash last month. Today he is being remembered at the Staples Center along with his daughter Gianna. Today we honor his life and legacy.
Kobe Bryant first entered the NBA straight out of Lower Merion High School from the Philadelphia suburbs in 1996 when he was just 17. Bryant retired in 2016 as a five-time NBA champion, 11-time All-NBA first-team selection, 2008 MVP, two-time Finals MVP, 18-time All-Star and four-time All-Star MVP who spent his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He also won gold medals with USA Basketball at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics.
Bryant was widely considered one of the best basketball players to ever grace the court, having led the NBA in scoring for two seasons and was third on the league’s all-time regular-season scoring list until Saturday when new Lakers star LeBron James eclipsed his scoring record.
Kobe’s generous and nurturing spirit lives on in the countless lives he enriched during his lifetime. In addition to tirelessly serving the community, Kobe made significant contributions to several charities. Kobe also started a foundation with his wife that focused on helping the homeless and youth in need.