Kobe Bryant tributes: World pays homage to late, great Los Angeles Lakers icon

Kobe Bryant tributes – The world lost one of its greatest-ever athletes on the morning of Sunday 26 January 2020.

Bryant was among five passengers who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. He was just 41 years old. His unexpected passing shocked the sporting world, who paid tribute to the Lakers legend. Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna also died in the tragic crash, along with Orange Coast College basketball coach John Altobelli, his daughter Alyssa Altobelli and wife Keri Altobelli.

Kobe is one of the best athletes of any sport, ever. His impact not only on the growth of the NBA but sports more generally, is undeniable. Five NBA titles only begin the scratch the surface of his storied list of achievements – Kobe is a true sporting legend who inspired millions of people across multiple generations.

Brian Shaw won three NBA titles alongside the Lakers legend in the early 2000s and urged fans to cherish the good times be brought more than anything else:

 

Many members of the entertainment world offered up reminders of how far and wide Kobe’s impact spread:

 

Athletes from different sports including Scottie Pippen and Raheem Sterling also paid homage:

 

Team USA head coach Jim Boeheim, who won two Olympic Gold medals with Kobe at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, spoke on his tragic passing:

 

Former player and NBA analyst Jay Williams delivered a touching tribute on ESPN:

 

Fellow GOATs Tom Brady and Usain Bolt also paid their respects:

When asked by a reporter live during the Pro-Bowl, the NFL’s equivalent of the All-Star game,Β New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees offered his Kobe Bryant tribute, reflecting on his inspirational nature: “I had so much respect for him as a competitor. I know he inspired so many people in so many different ways. One of the great competitors of any generation. Not just with sports, but the way he approached a lot of things and what he was doing now after basketball.”

 

Fans have already began to mark his impact with memorials in Los Angeles:

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