On January 26th, 2020 the world stopped. Yesterday morning a helicopter crashed in the Calabasas area. On that helicopter, there were nine people. Amongst those nine people, one was NBA legend, Kobe Bryant. The other passengers on the plane are the following; Bryant’s daughter, Gianna was also known as Gigi, Christina Mauser, John Altobelli, his wife Keri Altobelli and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa, Sarah Chester and Payton Chester, and Ara Zobayan. Christina Mauser was an assistant coach for the girls’ basketball team at Harbor Day School in Corona Del Mar, California. John Altobelli was a basketball coach from Orange Coast College. Sarah and Alyssa were teammates of Gianna’s. Keri and Payton were mothers. Ara was the pilot of the helicopter. All nine of these individuals lost their lives.
Kobe Bryant The Legend
As a basketball enthusiast, I can not express how much Kobe Bryant meant to basketball. He changed the game for the better. His competitiveness was that of Michael Jordan and his speed was phenomenal. Bryant would rip through defenses with ease. Kobe has helped and mentored others throughout the league. He has worked with greats such as Kyrie Irving and Kahwi Leonard.
Bryant had a beyond stellar professional career. After being drafted straight out of high school in 1996 to the Charrolett Hornets, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, and history was made. Kobe played 20 seasons with the Lakers. He won five NBA championships Bryant was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, a 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, and the 2008 MVP. Bryant played for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. The US team won two gold medals while Bryant was on the team.
Kobe was an electrifying athlete, a well-rounded person, and a phenomenal husband and father. All of the individuals that lost their lives in the helicopter accident are in my thoughts and prayers. They will all be missed by their loved ones, communities, and friends. Kobe Bryant was bigger than basketball and his fans will love him forever.
On behave of everyone at Ambush Sports Network, we all send our condolences to Vanessa Bryant, the Bryant family, the Mauser family, the Altobelli family, the Chester family and Zobayan family. Our hearts also go out to all of Kobe Bryants fans and the Los Angeles Lakers. This is a horrific time, our prayers are with you.