"24 Hard Months Without Number 24": Two Years to the Death of Kobe Bryant
Two years after he was killed along with his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash, people around the world remember Black Mamba.
Lamar Odom remembers, Vince Carter about his birthday that became weird, Jerry West cried, Euroleague clubs posted gestures and even outside the basketball world did not forget
Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 10:10 p.m.
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Reactions in Los Angeles to the death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash (Photo: Reuters, video editing: Nir Chen)
Exactly today two years ago, on January 26, 2020, the sports world experienced a shake-up with the death of one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Kobe Bryant, in a helicopter crash.
Along with the Los Angeles Lakers legend eight other people were killed on the same flight, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant.
As part of marking the anniversary of his death, the world continues to remember the man who became one of the greatest icons in NBA history.
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Journalist Mark Stein was among the first to tweet: "24 difficult months since that terrible day, and I still do not know what to say. Sending best wishes to the Bryant family, to all the families involved and to everyone who loved them."
Former actor Vince Carter who celebrates a birthday on the same day the disaster happened, tweeted: "I am grateful to experience another year in this life, but it's hard to celebrate when the world lost a wonderful person on the exact same date. So on this day I say thank you for all the battles between us on the floor And on the membership. "
Lamar Odom, who played seven years with Kobe Lakers, wrote on his Instagram account: "Not a day goes by without me thinking about my brother Kobe. To Vanessa Bryant and family - I love you all. Kobe taught me to be focused and achieve all the goals I set for myself and showed me what it takes to reach To greatness. "
The Lakers were hosted tonight by the Brooklyn Nets, and right across from the entrance to the team's hall from New York, there is a particularly impressive mural of Kobe and his house Giana.
By the way, tonight equaled Baron James to Bryant in 14th place in the number of all-time appearances in the NBA.
As you may recall, a day before Bryant's death, James overtook him on the all-time scenes list and rose to third place.
Another legendary former Lakers player, Jerry West, who also made the trade in the 1996 draft to bring Bryant to City of Angels, was interviewed by the New York Pilots as part of a two-year anniversary of the disaster:
"He did not have a full life, he was a great personality. And was taken from us at too young an age.When my children were young they were his admirers, his influence at home was always here he was with me a lot.When he would climb a mountain top, he would climb another mountain, and then it was all over.It's hard not to remember that day. I do not think anyone will forget it for a long time. "
Attached him in the evening in the draft, and saw him become a champion.
West with Bryant (Photo: GettyImages, Stephen Dunn)
Also in European basketball a number of teams have commemorated the basketball of the past.
On Panathinaikos' Twitter page, they posted a quote from Kobe: "Be you, that's all. Be you," with the numbers 24 and 8 that were identified with the Black Mamba.
In the account of Milan uploaded a number of photos of Kobe and the caption "Unforgettable".
The Fiba World Basketball Organization's Twitter page also marked the anniversary of Kobe's death, and posted an old video of him at the 2007 American Championships. "Today we are celebrating Kobe Bryant's legacy," they wrote.
Even outside the basketball industry, Kobe is remembered.
Paris Saint-Germain's Twitter account in English brought up a number of Neymar gestures to Kobe.
Former boxer Oscar de la Hoya tweeted: "It's unbelievable that two years have passed since we lost Kobe. His legacy continues to inspire and make us all the best we can every day. In memory of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and all those who lost their lives in the accident."
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