Unfortunately nine people died in the January 26, 2020 helicopter crash that included Kobe Bryant, one of the best basketball players to ever take the court. Kobe is, in my opinion, one of the two best to ever play. That would be Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Future players cannot get better than them. Let’s forget defense for now, whereby both players excelled. However, when it comes to great technical shooting from anywhere on the court, dribbling, along with a good eye for passing, this is where I feel Jordan and Kobe stand alone as the two greatest players. Add to this, championships, leadership, work ethic, a desire to be great, ability, and a will to win, the latter of which cannot be taught.
They set the standard. Kobe, like Michael Jordan, set the highest bar. He reached a level whereby no one can get better than him; one can only hope to be as good. Kobe’s well-deserved legacy will live on forever.
From NPR, the following are the nine people that unfortunately died in the January 26, 2020 helicopter crash:
“Kobe Bryant, 41
Gianna Bryant, 13
John Altobelli, 56, Orange Coast College head baseball coach
Kerri Altobelli, John's wife
Alyssa Altobelli, John and Kerri's daughter, who was Gianna's basketball teammate
Payton Chester, Sarah's daughter and another basketball teammate
Christina Mauser, girls basketball coach at Mamba Sports Academy
Ara Zobayan, pilot”*
* BILL CHAPPELL, “What We Know: The Helicopter Crash That Killed Kobe Bryant And 8 Others,” NPR, published January 27, 2020, accessed February 1, 2020, https://www.npr.org/2020/01/27/800100632/what-we-know-the-helicopter-crash-that-killed-kobe-bryant-and-8-others