NBA Most Valuable Player in 2008. 5x NBA Champion. 18x all star. 9x All-defensive team. 2x Olympic gold medalist. Father of 4. Husband. Worldwide icon.
The world lost one of the most influential sports figures and leaders to ever step on a court when Kobe Bryant passed away on Sunday, January 26, alongside his second oldest daughter Gianna and seven other passengers in a helicopter when it crashed into the side of a mountain in Calabasas, California.
Bryant’s legacy impacted people around the world, especially in the basketball world. NBA players, executives, and coaches honored the late Bryant in different ways. In each game played Sunday, February 1, teams took 24-second shot clock violations and eight-second backcourt violations to honor the numbers worn by Bryant. Other players, including All-Star Trae Young and the entire Detroit Pistons team, walked out wearing Bryant’s iconic numbers 8 and 24.
Bryant was more than just an influential player in the basketball world. He continues to inspire young athletes. NVOT basketball, other students, and staff have embraced the NBA as an exciting, fun professional league, and seeing such an idol lose his life is tough to swallow. Teachers, students, and other staff commented on the death of the Lakers legend, whose legacy left its mark in the halls of OT.