There are very few players that grow to such international fame, that the world stops turning when the pass. Kobe Bryant was an amazing player, and an even better human.
I honestly don’t feel qualified to write a reflection about his death because I’m not a basketball fan, but Kobe was bigger than Basketball. Obviously we’ll hear so many touching stories and memories of him in the coming days, but I thought I’d take a moment now to honor him, and to reflect what “Kobe” means to me.
Kobe was (God that sucks to type) an amazing person. He was arguably one of the most dedicated athletes of all-time. His stardom transcended the court. He was a an Oscar winner, double olympic gold medalist, NBA MVP, NBA Champion, and a father, but above all else, he was a basketball player.
I grew up (and still live in) a small city about 1 hour outside Los Angeles. By far, the biggest sports star in my youth was Kobe Bryant. Every kid I knew, wanted to be Kobe one day. He inspired millions of kids to dream bigger. He dared others to push their limits, and to never take no for answer. My friends who played basketball emulated him in the way they played. Kobe was a legend.
Kobe did a lot more off-court than people realize. He truly supported Team USA in all international contests. He attended multiple national team games. He lent his support to our athletes, since he knew what his presence meant to them. He was a team player through and through. He truly lived the Olympic spirit, and that is how I’ll chose to remember him.
His short animated film and poem, Dear Basketball, showed his love for the sport of Basketball. The man lived, breathed, and ultimately died Basketball.
It’s honestly completely unfair that the universe has taken Kobe from us. There will be a 24-shaped hole in both US sports, and international sports for years to come. I’m so glad that I got live through the Kobe Bryant era, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
As we move forward from this tragedy, let’s remember to celebrate life, and not to fear it. Let’s be like Kobe, and give everything we do 110% of our effort. Let’s aim to be good athletes both on and off the field. Let’s aim to fill that 24-shaped hole.
Editor’s statement: Totallympics Media’s thoughts go out to all of Kobe’s family, friends, and fans. We wish everyone good health through this sad time.