Who was Kobe Bryant?

BY MAXY ABENAITWE

On January 26, the sports fraternity was shocked by the news of the death of basketball legend  Kobe Bryant  who had died in a plain crash. 

The entire world could not stop mourning the basketball   celebrity who was countless times credited for achievements few can think of attaining.

Born to former NBA player Joe Bryant and Pam Bryant in Philadelphia in 1978, Kobe grew up in Europe before going to America in the 1990s. While there he studied at Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania.

His great talent was first revealed through a four-times win of the state championships as he played on his high school basketball team

In 1996, he signed up to Los Angeles Lakers and he was the youngest player in the history of the National Basketball Association. During his time there, he won five NBA championships. He was also named All Star Most Valuable Player for four years in 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

He also became the second record breaker to score 81 points in a single game. He won his first gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Four years later, he won his second gold medal the Olympics in London.

After various great performances, he retired his jersey numbers during a halftime ceremony.

He will forever be celebrated as a player who inspired the young basketball talent.