Until his untimely death, Kobe Bean Bryant (August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) popularly known as Kobe Bryant was an American professional basketball player. Whereby, he played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Eventually, he entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA final championships. Not to mention, Bryant was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, a 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. And was also the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2008.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he led the NBA in scoring during two seasons. Ranking fourth on the league’s all-time regular-season scoring and fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list.
In addition, Bryant was the first basketball guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.
Where was Kobe Bryant born?
Notably, Kobe Bean Bryant was born in Philadelphia, the youngest of three children and only son of former NBA player Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant. Equally, he was also the maternal nephew of basketball player John “Chubby” Cox.
His parents named him after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan, which they saw on a restaurant menu. Bearing in mind, his middle name, Bean, is derived from his father’s nickname “Jellybean” he was raised Roman Catholic. When Bryant was six, his father retired from the NBA and moved his family to Rieti in Italy to continue playing professional basketball at a lower level.
After two years they moved first to Reggio Calabria and then to Pistoia and Reggio Emilia. After all, Kobe became accustomed to his new lifestyle and learned to speak fluent Italian. Remarkably, he was especially fond of Reggio Emilia.
While there he seriously learned to play basketball, and during summers, he would come back to the United States to play in a basketball summer league.
Why is Kobe Bryant so Famous?
Kobe Bryant started playing basketball when he was 3 years old, and the Lakers were his favorite team when he was growing up.
Bryant’s grandfather would mail him videos of NBA games, which Bryant would study. At an early age, he also learned to play soccer and his favorite team was A.C. Milan. When Kobe’s father Joe retired as a player in 1991, the family moved back to the United States.
Surprisingly, when Kobe Bryant first signed his pro basketball contract with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996, it made him a millionaire virtually overnight. The three-year contract would pay $3.5 million. Not forgetting, he was barely 17 at the time, straight out of high school.
“When your Laker dream comes true tomorrow, you need to figure out a way to invest in the future of your family and friends,” Bryant wrote in a letter to his younger self. “I said INVEST. I didn’t say GIVE.”
“Purely giving material things to your siblings and friends may appear to be the right decision,” the 37-year-old continued. “But the day will come when you realize that as much as you believed you were doing the right thing, you were actually holding them back.”
Additionally, “handing money and material goods to people is not necessarily the best way to show your love. Since it can negatively affect their work ethic and may even suppress their ambition” Bryant stressed.
How the NBA Star, Daughter & Others perished
Unfortunately, Kobe Bryant (aged 41), and the legendary basketball star alongside her daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant (Gigi) – she was only 13 years old, and the other passengers were killed in a plane crash.
The accident occurred when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames. Amidst the foggy conditions that were on Sunday morning in the hills above Calabasas, sources told the Los Angeles Times. Sources said the helicopter took off from Orange County, where Bryant lived.
Following the news, Bryant’s death stunned Los Angeles and the sports world, which mourned one of basketball’s greatest players. The crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m. near Las Virgenes Road, south of Agoura Road. According to a watch commander for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Jerry Kocharian (eye witness), he was standing outside the Church in the Canyon drinking coffee. Suddenly, he heard a helicopter unusually low struggling overhead.
“It [didn’t] sound right and it was really low. I saw it falling and spluttering. But, it was hard to make out as It was so foggy” Kocharian said.
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“There was a big fireball,” he said. “No one could survive that.”
Then again, it passed over Boyle Heights, near Dodger Stadium, circled over Glendale during the flight. However, the National Transportation Safety Board database does not show any prior incidents or accidents for this aircraft.
The helicopter is registered to the Fillmore-based Island Express Holding Corp. In particular, according to the California Secretary of State business database. By all means, you can simply see more details here!
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