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Kobe Bryant:One Man Can Change the World on and off the Court.

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On January 26, 2020 Kobe Bryant his daughter Gianna and 7 others died in a helicopter crash.

Kobe was only 41 and considered the greatest basketball player of this era. Gianna only 13 was a rising basketball star who seemed destined hoops stardom.

To those like myself who not only watched Kobe on the court but followed Mamba Mentality there is only shock and disbelief. Like Ali Kobe was that man.

Kobe was like no other athlete I can remember. His love of basketball, winning and vigor for life was unparalleled. He didn’t  have to mince words.

“The last time I was intimidated was when I was 6 years old in karate class. I was an orange belt and the instructor ordered me to fight a black belt who was a couple years older and a lot bigger. I was scared s–less. I mean, I was terrified and he kicked my ass. But then I realized he didn’t kick my ass as bad as I thought he was going to and that there was nothing really to be afraid of. That was around the time I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind.”

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Kobe was a generational player an athlete who was unlike anyone we had seen before. But what surprised many non basketball fans is the success he had off the court after retiring.

Kobe loved life and was not just an assassin on the court but in everything he touched off the court.

To say Kobe Bean Bryant was charismatic was an understatement. Anyone who has a daughter can tell his love for his family and Gianna.

I haven’t slept well for days because Kobe and his daughter Gianna left this earth too soon. A shock that millions of fans are feeling.

As I watch the tributes, replays and talk shows about Kobe. One thing is clear. Kobe loved life, Vanessa his daughters.  He embraced life like all the greats do with relentless determination. Kobes infectious smile and personality, his clenched fist after a jumper.

“It doesn’t bother me at all. Do I hold any hard feelings? Not at all. Life is too short to sit around and hold grudges. I don’t hold any whatsoever.” – Kobe Bryant

Kobe defied and banished every single doubt anyone ever had of him, and he plowed through obstacles as if they were invisible. That there was something he couldn’t beat—the unpredictability of life—is something I will never fully comprehend. Jemelle Hill

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Bryant Stibel has an estimated $2bn in assets across the tech and media industries.

Kobe also made $194m off a $6m investment in drink maker BodyArmor, Coca-Cola purchased a significant stake in the Gatorade rival.

He was the founder of Granity Studios, which has 15 full-time employees. His passion for creative storytelling through film, television and children’s books led to an Academy Award for the short narrative film Dear Basketball, which was developed through Granity.

In addition, Bryant created Detail, an exclusive show for the ESPN+ streaming app that was instrumental in attracting millions of paid subscribers.

In 2018 he launched the Mamba Sports Academy for teaching Californian youth the game of basketball and inspiring young athletes.

In Feb 24th 2020 the Kobe and Gianna Bryant Memorial was at the Staples center in Los Angeles.

Amongst family and friends who spoke about the life of Kobe and Gianna were Vanessa Bryant, Shaq, Michael Jordan, Diana Taurasi. The emotional tributes showed how live Kobe and Gianna were to the them and the world.

My tears  were real as again I realized the world would never hear the Mamba laugh or tell stories again. MJ would never get a text from Kobe asking him about footwork or ideas on Giannas career in basketball.

 

 

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Isaiah happy to be with Lakers

In his first game wearing the purp and yellow, Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points and dished out 6 assists.

Thomas made a statement that shouted, “I’m back.” It was nice to see a PG, that wasn’t scared to take the shot.
“I was brainwashed into being a Laker fan as a young boy. And Kobe has been my favorite player. It hasn’t hit me yet that I am a Laker. But when I do look at gear, my locker, my jersey, it’s like, ‘Dang. I always dreamed of it. It’s finally here.’ I’m happy to be here. I just want to put on a show and try to take over this city like I tried to do each and every other city I’ve been in.”

Lakers get Thomas and Frye, Nance and Clarkson gone.

The #Lakers surprised everyone with a huge trade with the Cavs. Fan favorites Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance were traded for Isaiah Thomas, Channin Frye.

The Lakers also received the Cavs first round pick.

Magic and Pelinka were honest, stating they wanted to win championships and not be in 11th place.

Thomas was not happy with LeBron James and could be a mentor to Lonzo Ball.

With the NBA deadline only a few hours away, are Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson history?

The Lakers have Been winning lately in a season that the playoffs look doubtful.

One of the main reasons for the success is Julius Randle and his bully ball, down low banging.

Another effective piece is Filipino scorer Jordan Clarkson who never met a shot he didn’t like.

The core of Ingram, Kuz, Hart an the injured Ball have shown flashes if the future.

But the Lakers need shooters and two max’s they tell us. Isn’t that why the let DLo Go?

Magic and Pelinka about to either trade or play Poker face. Let’s win now.

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Kobe takes Kaepernick challenge for Charity

Kobe accepts Kaepernick challenge and gives 10K for Youth Service Inc. Charity in Philadelphia.

After being black balled by the #NFL for protesting police shootings of black men and systematic racism.

Kaepernick pledged to give a million to charity and has started social awareness campaign on police brutality and racism.

Kobe had mentioned if still playing he would take a knee.

Like Ali, Kaepernick has started a revolution with this heroic act.

Lakers young core learning as trade deadline approaches

The Lakers head to Brooklyn with a 19-31 record and no Lonzo Ball.

They face former Laker first round pick, D’Angelo Russell. The real question is, whether Randle or Clarkson, will be traded by Feb 8th.

The previous game against Orlando was a no show by the Lakers. As the Magic played a dispirited squad.

With 32 games left, fans hope the Lakers will give effort on the remainder of the season.

Photo by Kishan Mistry in Toronto.

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Kobe Bryant Mamba tops Forbes List

Kobe Bryant ranked No. 33 on Forbes 2016 look at the 40 Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40 with a net worth of $350 million. He finished just behind Instacart founderApoorva Mehta and GitHub co-founder Chris Wanstrath, who are both worth an estimated $360 million. Behind Bryant is boxer Floyd Mayweather and Honest founder Jessica Albawith fortunes of $340 million.

Kobe faces Surgery Wall goes Loco

The Lakers without Kobe lost to John Wall and the Washington Wizards.  The bright spots were tge play of rookie point Jordan Clarkson and Ellington.  A few good free agents and a good draft should give Kobe, a reason to stick around beyond 2016.

“I feel like I just returned a 100 yard kickoff in the last two minutes of the Super Bowl to win it all only to have my run called back by a flag on the play,” Bryant said in a statement released by The Players’ Tribune.

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Kobe will have surgery tomorrow for his torn rotator cuff. Paul Pierce, “he’s an icon.”  This much is clear the Mamba will play next year. http://www.kobebryant.ca http://www.theblackmamba.net

Kobe Out For Season Looks To Come Back Strong

Here’s the video of doctor telling Kobe about his torn rotator cuff. With Kobe out for season a top 5 lottery pick is certain. Kobe will be back stronger than ever.  This man never gives up.

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“This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me AND in front of me.”

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The news of this injury, was heartbreaking for A Lakers team that hasn’t had much to cheer for.  Kobe Bryant making the best of a bad situation was in the process of recovering.  Even with an average point guard and little scoring help, Kobe was scoring 23 points a game with 5 assists,

Because of heavy minutes at the beginning of the season, Kobe had been taking back to back games off.  In season 19 most armchair quarterbacks had written the Mamba off.  He proved all of them wrong passing Michael Jordan on the scoring list and becoming a great facilitator, in a new role,

Kobe’s dedication which is second to none has made him one if not the greatest of all time.  Kobe has never been a player who lets an injury beat him.  That much is certain.  Whether he is out for this year, we all know he will be laced up next year.  Hopefully for Kobe he will have a much better supporting cast and some scorers.  Its obvious this year there was little firepower and too much pressure on the Mamba.

Bright spots for the Lakers have been Clarkson, Davis, and Hill.  Swaggy P has been cold most of the season but has remained positive.  Jeremy Lin looks like his time is up on the court.  Coach Scott has regulated him to third string Point,. Lin has always been a streaky but exciting player.  Kobe on Lin. “He just needs to relax. Sometimes smart people take themselves too seriously.”

While no Lakers fan can blame Lin for there troubles a little more consistency was expected from the Taiwanese American bible belter.

If you are a Kobe fan know that he will do everything in his power to come back next year for an epic year.  My guess is we got the greatest for at least two more years.  But that is also based on if the Lakers front office is really serious about getting some free agents.  Two years without the playoffs is enough.  In the mean time remember Kobe like all good things is still hooping.

Bryant averaged a team-high 35.4 minutes during the Lakers’ first 27 games, and Scott again questioned whether playing Bryant too many minutes earlier this season led to the shoulder injury.  This is a recoverable injury.  Bad karma has been coming down on the Lakers.  Kobe had been selected to the All Star game to start before this injury happened.

In the meantime Kobe hasn’t lost his sense of humour tweeting this,. “This is what happens when I pass too much! thank u all for ur thoughts and prayers

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