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, with multiple teams opening their games with back-to-back 24-second violations.
Find all of ESPN’s coverage on Bryant, the Lakers and the reaction around the NBA here.
The Kobe memorial, and the moments that moved us
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.
More from the Kobe Bryant memorial
Vanessa Bryant leads memorial for Kobe, Gianna
Jordan says he wanted to be the best big brother to Kobe
Emotional Shaq shares the day Kobe gained his respect
More tributes: Pelinka | Auriemma | Taurasi | Ionescu
The longest flight in Lakers history
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
What was said after Kobe’s death
People closest to Kobe Bryant share the stories they’re looking back on ahead of Monday’s memorial. — Ramona Shelburne
Kobe Bryant’s greatness was both beautiful and maddening
Kobe had the skill and knowledge to be any kind of player he wanted to be. — Zach Lowe
Tales of the greatest Kobe pics from the man behind the camera
From his first NBA media day to his phenomenal final game, we reveal the untold stories behind the most legendary images of the Black Mamba.
Reckoning with Kobe Bryant’s complicated past
With Kobe’s death, Roxane Gay finds herself in the uncomfortable position of having to challenge her own rigidity in such matters.
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Latest news and reaction
Vanessa Bryant expresses grief, anger in Instagram post
NBA auctioning off All-Star jerseys to honor Kobe, Gianna
Kobe and Gianna Bryant memorial service set for Feb. 24 at Staples Center
How the Lakers have grieved and remembered Kobe Bryant
Remembering Kobe: Relentless, curious and infinitely complicated
Tributes from: Shaquille O’Neal | Jeanie Buss | Rob Pelinka | LeBron James
play1:33Kobe loved being a ‘girl dad’
Elle Duncan tells the story of when she met Kobe Bryant and how he told her he loved being the father of daughters.
From the archive: ESPN writers on Kobe
Mamba out: Kobe Bryant was just getting started
The story of Kobe’s greatest game
The unlikely people who led Kobe to embrace his obsession
How Kobe’s legacy forced the Lakers to retire two numbers
The decade-old Kobe sneaker today’s NBA players can’t stop wearing