Los Angeles Lakers: 3 Lessons Kobe Bryant taught us

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With the passing of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year old daughter, and seven others in tragic helicopter accident, let’s reflect on the positives that Kobe taught us.

The basketball world was rattled by the news of Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter accident Sunday morning. The Lakers legend was on his way to the Mamba Sports Academy with his daughter Gianna Maria Bryant, better known as GiGi, for an afternoon basketball tournament with six other passengers, and the pilot of the helicopter.

It’s hard to put into words just how devastating this news has been, but it has been incredibly inspiring seeing how the basketball world at large has responded to this tragic event. Teams that took the court in the days following took either a 24-second, or 8-second violation at the opening tip, allowing both the players on the court, and the fans in attendance to pay their respects to the Bryant.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made a declaration that the number 24 would be retired by the team, and many players such as Spencer Dinwiddie, Quinn Cook, and Markieff Morris have followed suit, changing their numbers out of respect for the fallen legend.

Kobe Bryant was the paragon of success, determination, and sheer will, and the countless stories of these attributes will serve as a reminder to future generations about what a person is capable of. In an effort to try and take a positive approach to this tragedy, let’s take a moment and reflect on some of the life lessons that Kobe taught us over the years.