Tributes continue to pour in for Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers legend who was considered one of the greatest basketball players of his generation. Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash at age 41 along with his 13-year old daughter Gianna Maria Onore who was known as GiGi. There were also three other unidentified persons on board who also died.
A touching statement by NBA commissioner Adam Silver on passing of Kobe Bryant read.
“The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.
“For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals. But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.
“We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization and the entire sports world.”