It has been a rough day for the sports world, losing an icon with former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant after a helicopter crash on Sunday morning. The 41-year-old lost his life in a tragic accident that saw his eldest daughter, Gianna, also involved in the fatal incident. That has led to many taking to social media to share their condolences with the situation that has been heartbreaking all the way around. Among them are several of the all-time greats in Lakers’ history showing their appreciation and respect for Bryant while offering their support to his family.
Lakers greats honor Kobe Bryant
In the wake of the devastating news, the sports world has used this time for remembrance of Bryant as a person on and off the court.
That included many players, both former and current, paying their honors to the former Lakers star for what he has meant to the league over the years that bleed well into retirement. That list also includes several notable former greats for the franchise, such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, and Magic Johnson, among others, all with their own personal message.
Bryant meant a great deal to the Lakers and the entire NBA over the last two decades. He had a great relationship with many that went through the organization’s past and present. These three Hall of Famers were among the many that Bryant had personal dealings with over the years that helped build lasting friendships over the years.
Bryant’s legacy with the Lakers
During his illustrious 20-year career, Bryant experienced a tremendous amount of success on the court.
That saw him reach the mountaintop with NBA titles his career while he set numerous records along the way. He had many moments of great triumph, both individually and with the Laker, such as moving to fourth all-time scoring, notching 81 points in a single game, and winning an MVP award. He has forever etched himself in the team’s lore and as one of the greatest players to play the game.
Beyond that, Bryant became the most popular and beloved athlete in Los Angeles that drew fans of many different ages and generations. He was a one of a kind player that left a permanent mark on the city like nobody has before him and after his time in the NBA.
His 20 years in the NBA saw him help lift the Lakers to some great heights, while he left a strong impression and influence on the generations of athletes that have come after his time. There will never be another player like Bryant will leave the same lasting impact he has.
Kobe Bryant’s legacy lives on
The NBA has shown a great deal of respect that should continue over the rest of the season that could see them honor him in other ways moving forward.
Bryant has played a massive part in shaping the league into what it has become, along with being a huge source of motivation for players. It’s hard to put into words the totality of his impact, but it’s one that will only grow as time passes along. There are many current NBA stars such as Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James that have been greatly influenced by Bryant over the years.
The time right now is best utilized to extenuate further the great memories that he provided over his career and after he stepped away from the game. Bryant was a one of a kind player that this outpour of respect and admiration speaks volumes of the impact he had and will continue to have.