Kobe Bryant: 1978-2020
Kobe Bryant: 1978-2020

Kobe Bryant: A basketball legend

Bryant crafted a storied career in his 20 seasons with the Lakers

From NBA.com Staff

Feb 25, 2020 3:05 AM ET

Kobe Bryant, the 18-time All-Star who won five NBA championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Lakers, died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. Also killed in the crash was Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others who were on board the aircraft.

Bryant became one of the NBA's most popular players and the face of the Lakers during his career. Winning a record four NBA All-Star Game MVP awards, he was the overall league MVP in 2008, a two-time NBA scoring champion and 12 All-Defensive selections.

He teamed with Shaquille O'Neal in a combustible partnership to lead the Lakers to NBA titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He later teamed with Pau Gasol to win two more titles in 2009 and 2010.

A two-time Olympic gold medalist with the dominant U.S. team, Bryant retired in 2016 after scoring 60 points in his final NBA game. In December 2017, the Lakers hung banners retiring his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys in the Staples Center rafters in an unprecedented double honor.

Vanessa Bryant, in a statement, thanked everyone for their outpouring of support and announced the formation of a fund to help the other affected families. Kobe and Gianna were buried on Feb. 7 in a cemetery near the family's Southern California home. Additionally, the Lakers set a public memorial service for Kobe and Gianna on Feb. 24.

Here's a complete look at all of our coverage of Bryant's untimely passing.

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The legacy of Kobe Bryant was a far-reaching one.


Memorial Service at Staples Center

Vanessa Bryant gave a poignant speech during the memorial service in Los Angeles.

Lakers' tribute

LeBron James gives a heartfelt speech as he remembers Kobe Bryant.


TNT memorial

Shaquille O'Neal shares his reaction upon hearing about Kobe Bryant's tragic accident.


On-court tributes

Some teams in the NBA opened their first game in the wake of Bryant's death with voluntary backcourt violations (in honor of Bryant's No. 8) and shot clock violations (in honor of Bryant's No. 24) as a way to pay tribute to Bryant's career.

The Nets set up a memorial on the seats Kobe and Gianna used during a recent visit to Barclays Center.


Kobe Bryant's career

Check out Kobe Bryant's best play against every NBA team!


All-Star 2020

Reactions to Bryant's passing

LeBron James took to social media Monday to comment on Kobe Bryant's death.




Julius Erving reflects on the special, one-on-one relationship he had with Kobe.



Clippers coach Doc Rivers was emotional in the wake of Kobe's passing.



Former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy was well versed in who Kobe was on and off the court.



From the outset of his career until its end, Kobe Bryant was a unique NBA figure.

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