Basketball lost one of its greatest competitors and most accomplished players Sunday when Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California. The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist was 41.
was riding in an S-76 helicopter Sunday when it crashed just before 10
a.m. into a hillside near Calabasas, Calif., roughly 30 miles northwest
of Los Angeles. The flight manifest listed nine people on board — one
pilot and eight passengers — and there were no survivors, according to
local authorities. Gianna Bryant, the former player’s 13-year-old
daughter, was confirmed dead.
20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent
blends with an absolute devotion to winning,” NBA Commissioner Adam
Silver said in...