It’s really been a year already since the tragic helicopter crash that took the lives of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and 6 other people.
The world has still not fully come to grips with the notion that the Black Mamba and Gianna are no longer with us. Leading up to this day that will now forever be a somber one, fans, current and retired NBA ballers, and celebrities have been reflecting on Bryant and his daughter’s tragic passing on social media.
You would be hard-pressed to find a timeline void of Kobe and Gianna’s pictures reflecting on his career, his life, him being a proud girl dad, and one of the most competitive people on the planet. Kyrie Irving, one of Kobe’s closest friends in the league, took his passing very hard, honored his hero and friend by rocking a Kobe #8 jersey to his Brooklyn Nets matchup with the Miami Heat.
Earvin Magic Johnson took to Twitter to honor Kobe with some kind words:
“Thank you God for allowing me enjoy Kobe Bryant for 20 years as a great basketball player, athlete, husband, father, philanthropist, mentor & teacher of the game to many men & women of all ages, best friend to Rob Pelinka, & brother to @jeaniebuss.”
That’s on top of the countless number of murals and memorials popping up across the city of Los Angeles and around the world, paying homage to the great Kobe Bryant and Gianna.
It’s still up in the air if and how the NBA plans to honor Bryant and Gianna this year. His wife, Vanessa Bryant, reportedly has asked the league not to do any tributes during games because seeing multiple tributes dedicated to her late husband and daughter would be too painful.
She did pay tribute to Kobe and her 13-year old daughter by sharing a letter written by Gianna’s best friend, Aubrey, on her Instagram account.
Yes, it’s been a year, but the death of Kobe is a fresh wound that has yet to heal. You can peep more reactions in the gallery below.
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A powerful tribute delivered by Uncle Snoop.
This poet perfectly describes Kobe’s impact on all of us.
Yes, we all do.
No lies detected, his voice is definitely missed and would have definitely been powerful during these trying times.
Gone too soon!
Vanessa and her daughters are going to need all the love and light to get through this day.
A proud girl dad.
Amazing highlight reel.
Jalen Rose with the facts about Kobe.
A bittersweet day for Vince Carter being that he lost his good friend on his birthday.
81 olives! Hilariously legendary moment.