Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant Is Dead
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Basketball icon Kobe Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter and 7 others were killed in a helicopter crash in the United States, yesterday. A five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant was considered one of the greatest basketball players ever. Reports say moments of silence were observed before some of Sunday’s NBA games just as stunned fans gathered near the Lakers’ home arena – the Staples Center in central Los Angeles – surrounding a wreath with the message: “Kobe we love you RIP.” Americans were not alone.
Nigerians also mourned him. Reactions were swift in the country as many took to the social media to write their tribute even though they never met the star in person.
Feeling sad one Frank Eke wrote, “I am watching CNN now, do you know the helicopter of Kobe Bryant crashed killing him?” Another said “So sad. May their souls rest in peace.”
“Do you know Kobe is an investor? He invested in may busineses and still found time to entertain us in basketball court,” George Oke said.” Adding: Kobe is a legend.”
The breaking news was the talk of town throughout Sunday evening and today as people went forth and centre about the number of the crash victims, some said five while others said nine. Even one Seun Peter said “four of Kobe’s family perished in the crash.”
It was perhaps this reason Nigerians were admonished by one Facebook user who lashed out at them for “crying more than the bereaved.” He said he didn’t see a similar swift reaction and empathy when CAN President in Adamawa was killed by Boko Haram, the religious sect, and the victims of recent killings in the country, adding that Nigerians hardly identified with their own slain compatriots. He was however reminded that the world has become a global village and that Kobe was a baketball legend.
- No wonder, fans laid flowers and basketball shoes at the wreath. Fans wore his No 24 and No 8 jerseys, breaking the sombre mood with occasional chants of “Kobe, Kobe, ” a report say.
Bryant, according to CNN), retired in 2016 as the third-leading scorer in NBA history, finishing two decades with the Lakers as a prolific scorer with a sublime all-round game and a relentless competitive ethic.
He held that spot in the league-scoring ranks until Saturday night, when the Lakers’ LeBron James passed him for third place during a game in Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown.
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