Thump In The Morning

Thump In The Morning

Thump In The Morning

Kobe Bryant would’ve turned 44 on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and his wife, Vanessa Bryant, penned a heartfelt birthday note on Instagram, writing she loves and misses him so much.

As sad as his ending was, his career wasn’t nothing short of greatness. I can recall meeting Kobe for the first time. Me and my 8-year-old nephew at the time walked into the Staple Center for the Lakers vs. Dallas game one year, Kobe was on the court warming up.

We made our way down to say hello, security attempted to stop us but Kobe said “let them through.” He gave my nephew his shoes. He couldn’t sign them because we didn’t have a pen, but the reaction on my nephew’s face was priceless. He talks about it to this day.

Kobe asked me if I thought he could make it from where we were standing, which was about two feet behind the half court line. And before I could say anything, my nephew said “you can do anything you set your mind to.”  And of course, Kobe turned around and hit nothing but the bottom of the net. He gave us a high five and continued to warm up.

On every obituary I’ve ever read, it has a sunrise date. This signifies the day that person was born. The sunset date symbolizes the day that person passed away. But the most important thing is the dash. That dash is what a person did in between the born date and the last date.

Kobe did a lot for not only his family and the NBA. He did so much for others. He has truly left a legacy that will never die. My nephew says all the time “Pass a gift forward and it will never end!”

Kobe Bryant, you were so much bigger than the game of basketball. Happy Heavenly 44th birthday. “Mamba Out!”

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