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“Absolutely devastated”: Kohli pays emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his teenage daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California on the 26th of January 2020; leaving the sports fraternity around the world in a shock. The former LA Lakers star and his daughter were among 9 people who lost their lives, Los Angeles County Sheriff said. 

Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were in their way to a youth match when the crash took place. Reports add that another player and parent were also present aboard on the helicopter. The chopper had departed from the John Wayne Airport in Orange County at 9.06 am. 

Kobe Bryant began his basketball career in 1996. National Basketball Association (NBA) team Charlette Hornets drafted him in the. The hornets later traded him with the Los Angelos Lakers, where he went on to become a basketballing legend. Bryant has won 5 NBA.

Bryant is an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive team, and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP). Nicknamed as the Black Mamba due to his ability to mimic the snake’s ability to “strike with 99 per cent accuracy at maximum speed, in rapid succession.”

Until 25 January, Kobe held the record as the third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with James LeBron overtaking Bryant. Bryant even congratulated James on Twitter:

Kobe is survived by his wife Vanessa Laine Bryant and three daughters- Bianka, Natalia and Capri Kobe Bryant. 

Indian Athletes take to Social media to tribute the legend

Sports legends all over the world took to social media and posted on how Kobe inspired them. Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli paid his respects saying he was “absolutely devastated”. He adds that he has had “So many childhood memories of waking up early and watching this magician doing things on the court”. 

Manan Dharamshi
I usually describe myself with three 'F's, i.e, Food, Football and Films. Born and Brought up in Bangalore since the mid-1990s, I have always had a huge interest in playing football, cricket and watching other sports. People who know me always tell I bleed football. Sports, and Football, in particular, has helped me through hard times and helped me to shape my view on the world. And that is one of the reasons why I want to serve as a Sports Journalist.

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