Kobe Bean Bryant perished in a helicopter crash one year ago today, January 26th, 2020. Today, the world remembers not only a Hall of Famer but an icon and an inspiration for millions of people across the globe.
The Hall of Famer
Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest basketball players to ever step on the floor. He was a five-time NBA champion, eighteen-time all-star, twelve-time all-defensive team honors, four-time All-Star Game MVP, two-time scoring champion, fifteen All NBA honors, 1996-1997 All-Rookie honors, two-time Finals MVP, and was the 2007-2008 Regular Season MVP. What a legend.
Accolades outside of the NBA
Kobe Bryant was also great outside of the NBA. He won two gold medals for Team USA in 2008 and 2012. Bryant also won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for his animated retirement announcement “Dear Basketball”. Bryant has had as many individual oscar wins as Leonardo DiCaprio. He really did it all.
The Icon and Inspiration
Even if you are not a basketball fan, Kobe Bryant still inspired everyone no matter what profession one was in. He believed in having a “Mamba Mentality” and never give up on one’s endeavors and dreams. He believed that hard work was more important than talent and without hard work talent is completely wasted. This lesson does not only apply to basketball but to life in general. If we want to accomplish something you have to work for it no matter how talented or gifted you are. You have to have that “Mamba Mentality”.
Rest in Peace to a great player and person.