On January 26, the world lost an icon. To this day, I am shocked and distraught about the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter. There have been so many signs of remembering Kobe with teams doing 24 shot-clock violations. He word the numbers 24 and 8. Trae Young, a player for the Atlanta Hawks, wore number 8 in a game as a tribute to Kobe, and people in the Philippines painted a giant picture of him and his daughter.
I think the biggest tribute though was the NBA All-Star Game. Every one of the players either wore number 24 or number 2 in honor of Kobe and his daughter, Gigi. Before the game started, Jennifer Houston did an outstanding song about remembering Kobe and all those who were lost. In the game, there were the first three quarters as usual. For the fourth quarter, whoever was in the lead after the first three periods needed to score 24 more points to then win the game.
As a lasting tribute, the NBA changed the name of the All-Star MVP award in order to honor Bryant as well.
When sitting down with Coach Dan DeCrane, head coach of Gilmour Varsity Basketball, he mentioned that “Bryant was most definitely a once-in-a-generation talent, because he was not as known first off as much as Lebron James or Tracy McGrady, but Bryant made a name for himself on how hard he worked.” In summary, Bryant impacted the game on and off the court.
Brandon Rose (23) said, “I was actually hurting really bad those next few days. When going on the court again, it really felt different knowing one of my favorite players had passed away.”
In the All-Star Game on February 16, Team LeBron beat Team Giannis 157-155 in a thriller of a game that ended in player Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers, making a free throw to win it.
Then, Kawhi Leonard was awarded the newly changed, Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP Award.
Leonard told everyone that this is one of the most special things he had ever received and is very grateful for the trophy. Kobe has affected so many people. He has left an impact on the world that will never be forgotten. Kobe will forever be in so many hearts.