Remembering Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant: a legend in more ways than one. A legendary basketball player, yes, but more importantly he was a father, a friend, a mentor and a husband. Kobe’s reach stretched far beyond just the game of basketball, along with being a player and a family man he also had many business ventures. He had large stakes in companies such as Body Armor and his very own Mamba Basketball Academy. The loss of Kobe Bryant affected everyone in some way; he was a worldwide bona fide superstar. 

In basketball Kobe is widely regarded as one of the best to ever play, with some experts calling him the greatest player to ever touch a basketball. His accolades include five NBA Championships, two Finals MVPS, one Regular season MVP, fourth All-Time Scoring, 18 time All-Star,  four All-Star game MVPs, two Olympic Gold Medals, and that’s barely scraping the surface of how great he was. 

His impact on the game goes beyond just the accolades though. Many current NBA players cite Kobe Bryant as not only their biggest inspiration, but also their mentor. Top players like DeMar Derozan, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard say that Kobe was someone they modeled their game after, and that is just to name a few. It’s safe to say that Kobe’s reach was far and wide across every facet of the game.

Alongside basketball Kobe was also a businessman. Kobe had stakes in companies such as Body Armor, a sports drink, and he had his very own company, the Mamba Basketball Academy. While those are the biggest companies he was apart of, he also an investor in Granity Studios and another one of his own companies, Bryant Stibel. 

Following his basketball career, Kobe decided to take on the short film and writing industries. His first short film entitled “Dear Basketball” won an Oscar in 2018. This film encompassed his love and passion for the game in just six minutes. It shows that basketball is much more than just a sport, it is a lifestyle and a life changer. Kobe embodied this, he showed the world that it was much more than a game.

Kobe created the trademarked “Mamba mentality.” In short, the Mamba mentality meant to push yourself to be better today than you were yesterday, and to always be the best version of yourself no matter the circumstances. This is something that almost every professional athlete tries to embody, however this mentality can be applied to every part of life. Kobe practiced what he preached and that is the most beautiful part about the person he was. Rest in peace Kobe Bean Bryant, the whole world thanks you for everything you stood for.

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Jack Warner is a senior at CHS. This is his first year on staff at the JagWire. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, lacrosse, and watching sports. He also is a youth sports official at the Young Man’s Christian Association.