28/09/2020

According news reports, Bryant was travelling with at least three others in his private helicopter when it went down.

Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, a city in Los Angeles County in the United States, news reports said.
According to TMZ website, Bryant, 41, was travelling with at least three other people in his private helicopter when it went down on Sunday.
A five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant was considered one of the greatest basketball players ever.
He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and four daughters – Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and Capri.
#BREAKING NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash according to Los Angeles-based website TMZ pic.twitter.com/aleGkGHUxt
AFP Sport (@AFP_Sport) January 26, 2020
On Saturday, Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James passed Bryant, the team’s legendary shooting guard, into third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Bryant, a surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer who is third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, has a career-worst 31.5 shooting percentage through his first 12 games of the season on a Lakers team that has the second worst record in the league.
Named Kobe by his parents after they spotted the popular Japanese cut of beef on a restaurant menu shortly before his birth, Bryant was a five-time NBA champion, having won titles in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.
He was drafted out of high school with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets but was traded shortly after to the Lakers for Serbian Vlade Divac.
He appeared in 17 All-Star games, was named the Most Valuable Player for the 2007-08 regular season and landed MVP honours in the 2009 and 2010 finals, when he led the Lakers to consecutive championships.
Bryant has also won gold medals with the US basketball team at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Bryant was sidelined nearly eight months in 2013 with a torn Achilles tendon, then played just six games during the 2013-14 season because of a severe knee injury.