Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died Jan. 26 at age 41. Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
Bryant entered the NBA straight out of high school in 1996 and won five championships and one regular-season MVP award. Across the world, players, coaches and fans mourned Bryant’s death. The NBA announced in February that the All-Star Game MVP award, which he won four times, would be renamed in his honor.
Sunday would have been Bryant’s 42nd birthday. In honor of his memory, Nike is launching “Mamba Week,” celebrating his impact on the NBA and the sports world as a whole. On Monday, Aug. 24 — 8/24 — the NBA world will celebrate both of the jersey numbers worn during Bryant’s 20-year playing career.
Relive Kobe Bryant’s historic NBA career, as described by the Lakers icon.
Kobe had the skill and knowledge to be any kind of player he wanted to be. — Zach Lowe
“The Last Dance” offered a glimpse into the Michael Jordan-Kobe Bryant relationship, but the bond between the two basketball icons goes far deeper.
Jackie MacMullan remembers the Lakers legend as a man with limitless possibilities on and off the court.
Kobe Bryant approached his post-basketball life with the same Mamba Mentality he displayed as a player: an audacious, unyielding will to motivate the next generation. — Ramona Shelburne
Vanessa Bryant, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal and Diana Taurasi were among those who spoke during the memorial, while Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera performed. Here is how Los Angeles, the Lakers and the NBA world honored Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
People closest to Kobe Bryant shared the stories they looked back on ahead of his memorial service. — Ramona Shelburne
With Kobe’s death, Roxane Gay finds herself in the uncomfortable position of having to challenge her own rigidity in such matters.
The morning after LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant for third in all-time scoring, on the flight home from Philadelphia, the Lakers learned of Bryant’s death. — Dave McMenamin
LeBron James says he has been a wreck emotionally since the celebration of life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
Latest tributes to Kobe Bryant
Elle Duncan tells the story of when she met Kobe Bryant and how he told her he loved being the father of daughters.
The biggest names in women’s hoops reflect on Kobe Bryant’s determination to shine a light on their sport.
Snoop Dogg raps a tribute to honor the late Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January.
Kyle Kuzma shares the importance of playing with confidence and how often he thinks of Kobe Bryant.
From the archive: ESPN writers on Kobe