Today marks the end of the 24 day commitment I made for this page to honor the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the 7 other lives lost in the Helicopter incident. It still feels unreal to this day...He may not be here anymore, but we will never forget the legacy he left for this world. As a player, a warrior, a champion, a legend, a fighter, a father, and a role model. As the one and only legendary Kobe Bryant would say, "Mamba out"! 💪💪💪
Thank you Kobe! 🙏🐍 2️⃣4️⃣/2️⃣4️⃣ #MFFL#dallasmavericks#dallasmavs#kobe#kobebryant#blackmamba#legend#thankyoukobe
THE FINALE. Day 24 of my 24 Days of Kobes: #Kobe 6 “Helicopter”. Yes, that is the ACTUAL NAME of the shoe. I wore these as a tribute to Kobe. I hope you enjoyed seeing these shoes the last 24 days as much as I enjoyed wearing them. MAMBA OUT. . .
Big thanks to @belafleckbanjo and @abigailwashburn for inviting Rogue Farm Corps to be at their Ashland show tonight! It’s so rad to see successful musicians like this give so much back to the communities they visit on tour. Thanks for supporting local non profits Béla and Abigail, and thanks Ashland for supporting the arts at this sold out show. We love our community!
Today is one of the saddest days I’ve had in years. This is a day to quote FDR, is not only a day that will live in sports infamy, but infamy all over the world. To see this great man gone so soon is a loss that cuts deep.
The Lakers from ‘99 to ‘02 were THE NBA team of my childhood. If you lived in LA, Orange County or the Inland Empire then, you were a Lakers fan. You just were. You were a fan even if you didn’t bear witness to the spectacular success of the LA Lakers of that period- from Chatsworth to San Clemente, from Torrance to Palm Springs the emotional resonance of their success spread like nectar and brought people together through this most diverse and culturally divided area.
I was bullied a lot in middle school and it was the most miserable and difficult time of my life. Basketball was a sport, upon having seen Space Jam as an impressionable 7 year old had captured my imagination, and years after seeing Space Jam for the first time, seeing my favorite team do so well allowed me to find happiness in such a miserable time of my life. Guys like Kobe, Shaq, Glen Rice, Rick Fox and later Karl Malone and Gary Payton- those guys were like Gods to me. When you went to even a regular season Lakers game, seeing those legends play together and the atmosphere they generated in the Forum and later the Staples Center, it was like going to a World Cup match, or the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. It not only felt amazing, it felt special. It felt memorable.
But Kobe was more than just a multiple time champion, Olympic gold medalist, and a star player on the Lakers. He was an icon. Even after LeBron came along, he was basketball. His fame transcended basketball in popular culture. If you thought of basketball, you thought of Kobe. Kobe’s death today meant that a portion of my childhood died with him.
Deepest condolences to his family and friends. #kobe#lakers#ripkobeandgianna#childhood#thankyoukobe