Lakers legend Kobe Bryant – Remembrances and reaction


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.

Kobe Bryant: An Extraordinary Life – Buy now on

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

Remembering Kobe

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


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