Thump In The Morning

Thump In The Morning

Many of us remember when it happened. The day that Kobe Bryant died caught most of us in surprise and pure shock.

Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Born on Aug. 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he quickly rose to prominence in the NBA and became an icon in the sport, according to Fox 11 in LA. His talent, work ethic, and relentless drive made him an unforgettable figure in the basketball world and a beloved figure worldwide.

From an early age, Bryant displayed exceptional basketball skills and determination. As a teenager, he became the first guard ever to be recognized as a McDonald’s All-American, according to the Bleacher Report. After graduating from high school, he decided to skip college and make himself eligible for the NBA draft. At just 17-years-old, the Charlotte Hornets drafted him at #13, but he was immediately traded to the Los Angeles Lakers where he would spend his entire 20-year NBA career.

Throughout his career, Bryant achieved numerous accolades and records. Further, the Bleacher Report said he won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010, earning himself the reputation of a highly skilled, clutch performer in critical moments. He was an 18-time NBA All-Star and was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 2008. Bryant also won two Olympic gold medals with the United States national basketball team in 2008 and 2012.

However, Bryant’s impact was not limited to his on-court achievements. He was a fierce competitor known for his unparalleled work ethic and dedication to the game. He became an inspiration for countless aspiring basketball players around the world, encouraging them to strive for greatness and to never settle for mediocrity. Moreover, Bryant played an instrumental role in popularizing basketball internationally, expanding its reach and growing its fanbase globally.

Tragically, a helicopter crashed cut Bryant’s life short on Jan. 26, 2020. The nightmarish crash also took the lives of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other passengers. The world mourned the loss of a legend with tributes pouring in from across the globe. Bryant’s passing reminded everyone of his impact on the sport and the values he represented.

Kobe Bryant’s influence on the sport and his immense impact as a role model will continue to resonate for years to come. The world will ensure his memory remains alive. According to KTLA.com “Santa Monica Pierย will honorย Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant with a light-up display on the pierโ€™s Ferris wheel on Aug. 24, also known as Kobe Bryant Day.”

Happy Heavenly Birthday Kobe Bryant . . .Mamba Out!

  • Complex Sports

    Happy heavenly birthday to one of the greatest to ever do it. Kobe Bryant better known as Mamba! We celebrate your life and legacy. He was iconic and a truly once-in-a-lifetime player, who inspired people from all generations and races.

  • NBA Memes

    Kobe always worked harder than the next person. There’s no debating Kobe Bryant will be remembered as one of the greatest to ever lace up a pair of sneakers and play the game of basketball. His drive and sheer want to just win inspires people. He will always be remembered for his athleticism and his grit.

  • ABC7 Eyewitness News

    Aug. 24 is officially Kobe Bryant Day or also known as Mamba Day in Los Angeles, which happens to be the day after his birthday. The world famous Santa Monica Pier will light up the sky in remembrance of Kobe Bryant.

  • The Overlap

    David Beckham speaks out about Kobe Bryant and the impact he made not only in basketball, but the impact he made on the entire world. Kobe Bryant started movements, brands and so much more when it came to his ability to play the sport.

  • ClutchPoints

    Lebron James and Kobe were very close. On Kobe’s 30th birthday Lebron surprised Kobe with a cupcake and a birthday song. The video above shows a touching moment showered in innocence and happiness. Although the situation is sad, these recorded moments allow us to take a look at better times.

  • NBA Fan

    Kobe never forgot about his fans. When a reporter asked Kobe why he doesn’t take breaks or sit out for a game or two, he responded, “What about those fans that saved up to see me play. I will never feel good about letting my fans down.”

  • Whistle

    Kobe had the eye of the tiger. He made many commentators ask the question…”How good is this kid?” He did things that often deserved a standing ovation. He was the true definition of a talented athlete.

  • Offazip

    Kobe knew how to entertain. But don’t get it twisted, he was competitive first. A true leader, and he deserves to forever recognized. He knew how to pepper in entertainment along with his solid plays. He was the full package when it came to being an athlete who knew how to entertain.

  • Hoops

    Kobe gives great advice that we all can use. Life is too short. Enjoyย  your life without being bogged down or getting discouraged. You have to keep going. Happy Birthday Mamba.

  • Olympic Bean

    You have to wonder how he did some of the great things we saw him do. Some would say he had really good luck, but luck does not strike over and over again. Kobe Bryant was truly gifted to play basketball.

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