Mamba Out

By: Sohan Raval

     Kobe Bean Bryant will always be remembered as- an inspiration, a hero, a public figure, and mostly a father. On January 26, 2020, nine people were killed in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. Along with Kobe Bryant (41), his daughter Gianna Bryant (13), Payton Chester (13), Sarah Chester (45), Alyssa Altobelli (14), Keri Altobelli (46), John Altobelli (56), Christina Mauser (38), and the helicopter's pilot, Ara Zobayan (50) passed away. Samuel Ahn, a sophomore at Ayala, described this news as a “tragedy and something that was never meant to happen. Hearing this news was certainly uncalled for and really shows that you should live your life to the fullest.” 

     Kobe Bryant personified the modern sports alpha. Within the game Bryant will be remembered as one of basketball’s most ferocious competitors, tireless workers, and demanding teammates. With an intense and often ruthless insistence on attention to detail and fundamental competitiveness, Bryant’s mastery of basketball mechanics – proper defensive positioning, sound mid-range jump shooting, and unparalleled toughness – made him one of the game’s most admired players in an era dominated by Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant impacted the game in his 20 year run he had with the Lakers but his effect on the court was certainly what made him who he truly was. The killer instinct that Kobe had subsided with his relentless pursuit to help create a voice for Women's basketball. Kobe was a generational talent on and off the court and has left behind the values of the Mamba Mentality.

     Kobe Bryant has not only changed the way I look at basketball, but he is the sole reason I gained a love for the game in the first place. His championships, his seemingly endless scoring runs, and his greatness is what drove me to love the game. But his dedication to Los Angeles and to the Lakers during the rough losses, the missed playoffs seasons, the injuries is what made me appreciate and look up to him not only as a player but an idol. He has set the standard for what it takes to be a legend in the NBA.