Yesterday, January 26, 2020, former NBA champion Kobe Bryant passed away in the crash of his helicopter in Calabasas, California. The accident killed all the people on board, including Kobe’s 13-year old daughter Gianna.
The news of Kobe Bryant’s death, made even more tragic because his daughter Gianna was with him, spread like a hurricane far beyond the world of sports. A flash mob led a large number of fans outside the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers’ home. There are really a lot of people mourning a champion who, in just 41 years of life, has left a mark as very few could.
A few hours ago Kobe Bryant played his last NBA game and greeted the league in his own way, scoring 60 points in the 101-96 win against the Utah Jazz. Needless to say, the Los Angeles Lakers champion also scored the decisive points for the win but this was above all a celebration of a player who, both loved and hated, is already a legend.
Next Tuesday, October 27, the NBA championship 2015/2016 will start. Last season was also influenced by a lot of injuries to key players so in this season the ones who return to high levels will make the difference more than ever.
Scottie Maurice Pippen was born on September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas, USA. With Michael Jordan he formed one of the best duos in the NBA history and together with other players they won 6 NBA titles. He was also part of the Dream Team that won the gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics. He also played with the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers.
David Maurice Robinson was born on August 6, 1965 in Key West, Florida, USA. During his NBA career, spent all with the San Antonio Spurs, he won the NBA title in the 1998-1999 and in the 2002-2003 seasons. He wan the Olympic Games in 1992 with the Dream Team and again in 1996 with the USA national team. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.