A leader, a father, an inspiration, a legend. Today the world has lost a man who encompassed each of these attributes to the highest degree. A man who changed the game of basketball. A man who inspired millions with his dedication and work ethic, including those beyond the basketball community. Kobe Bryant was the best man he could be for his family, his wife, his daughters, his teammates, his coaches, his opponents and his fans.
Most of us didn’t know Kobe personally and didn’t get the chance to meet him: the man known as the Black Mamba. We watched from afar as he continued to break records and build his legacy. He will continue to inspire us every day.
We connected to his story and what he stood for through basketball. After all, he shared his wins, losses, successes and failures with us.
Today we mourn, we thank, and we salute him. Tomorrow we build, we honor Kobe and Gianna Bryant, and we continue honoring his legacy.