Bryant and his 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash this morning in Calabasas, California reportedly on their way to Gianna’s travel basketball game.
Bryant was 41 and one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA
An 18-time All-Star, two-time NBA finals MVP two-time Olympic gold medalist and a five-time NBA champion.
Kobe had a multitude of iconic moments here at Madison Square Garden including setting up, then Madison Square Garden record of 61 points in 2009
Kobe Bryant will be one player that the world and sports fans will miss on for a very long time to come.
He is one dangerous player most defenders would love to see missing in action on the NBA court. His athletism and his scoring abilities could dazzle even the most talented players all put together. No wonder he nicknamed himself the ‘Black Mamba’
Throughout his 20 years of a basketball career, The Lakers legend has nicknamed himself the Black Mamba. But what exactly does the name implies?
In a recent interview conducted by Kent Babb of the Washington Post, Bryan disclosed where he got his motivational name from. The movie ‘Kill Bill’ pictures were an assassin used the black mamba snake to assassinate another character.
“The length, the snake, the bite, the strike, the temperament,” Bryant said during the interview. “‘Let me look this s— up.’ I looked it up — yeah, that’s me. That’s me!'”
His purpose for giving himself such a nickname was to boost his playing ego, a chance to turn himself into an NBA superstar. Also, showtime in 2015 did a documentary on Kobe called ‘Muse,’ which took a closer look at Bryant’s brilliant career.
“I had to separate myself, said Kobe. “It felt like there were so many things coming at once. It was just becoming very, very confusing. I had to organize things. So I created the ‘Black Mamba.”
The Los Angeles Lakers Legend’s ego certainly put him in a favored position throughout his brilliant career in the NBA. hIs assassin like moves saw him drilling shots against his opponent yet still holding up the clutch at the most critical points during the games.
In 2010 the Lakers star ended up championing the team to an NBA title against the Boston Celtics. Although two years before, Bryant and the Lakers lost to the same Celtics in a six-game series.
The 2010 NBA finals saw Bryant coming back to average 28.6 points per game. His sharpshooting prowess also earned him the NBA MVP honors for his dazzling performance in the series.
Even in 2016, Bryant’s light shined bright during the NBA game when he shot past the basket with 60 points in a season finale over the Utah jazz. This made him the oldest NBA player to score 60 or more points in a game. And he was just 37 years of age.
It’s quite easy to see how much his black mamba mentality helped Kobe on the court and how his nickname has worked so well for him.
The latest news from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department indicates that there is an ongoing investigation into the helicopter crash.
Here is some information that has been confirmed so far:
The crash from a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter occurred just before 10 a.m near Calabasas in Califonia. Bryant and his daughter were attending the Mamba Sports Academy for a youth basketball championship.
Although the weather was foggy, the helicopter carrying Bryant and eight others was given special permission to convey them to the event.
According to the New York Times, the helicopter was flying quite low due to the bad weather. CNN also reported that “At one point, an air traffic controller informed the pilot, “You’re still too low for flight following at this time,” which implies that the chopper was flying too low to get on the radar.
All members on board were confirmed dead without any survivors.
All victims in the chopper have been identified, according to a report from CBS news.
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among those on board.
The Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli was also involved in the helicopter crash along with his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa.
Others involved in the crash include Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, Ara Zobayan.
A brush fire caused by the helicopter crash stopped early responders from getting immediate access to the site.
The helicopter did not have a BlackBox. A BlackBox was not a requirement.
The pilot’s record shows that he had 8,200 flight time (July record). However, his career and that of his crew are still subject to investigation.
It took the helicopter 14 minutes to circle Glendale after takeoff. The pilot chooses to climb into the cloud before taking a sharp turn and subsequently hitting the ground.
The fire chief of the Los Angeles County said: “The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s initial response was 15 pieces of apparatus and 56 personnel.” He also said: : “At 9:47 a.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department received a 911 call of a potential helicopter down and a brush fire…Upon arrival, our firefighters discovered approximately a quarter-acre brush fire that resulted from a crash on the hillside.”
The coroners’ office from the Los Angeles county confirmed that all nine victims of Sunday’s crash have been recovered and transported to the “transported to the department’s Forensic Science Center,” while the final body was recovered on Tuesday.
Right now, investigators are still trying to establish the cause of the crash. They will likely investigate the pilot’s history, the condition of the aircraft, including weather conditioning, among various other things.
According to a report from AP, the helicopter Sikorsky S-76B conveying Bryant, his daughter, and the seven others lack a recommended safety device, although it remains very doubtful if it would have changed the cause of the event.
Kobe will be remembered for his brilliant performance throughout his NBA career. Here is some resume he garnered during his playing days.
Kobe played all season for 20 years with the Lakers.
He is the 4th leading scorer in the NBA history (thirty-three thousand six hundred and forty-three) points.
Twice named the MVP, including 5 times NBA champion.
18- time all-star
Nine-time NBA ALL defensive first team
11 time all NBA first team
Two times Olympic gold medalist
The youngest player in NBA history when he debuted in 1996