“[23:10, 1/26/2020] Sagye: Your star player
[23:10, 1/26/2020] Sagye: Kobe Bryant”
I woke up to this message early in the morning. I’ve been a Lakers fan all my life when it comes to all things basketball, so when I woke up to this message in the morning, I was honestly confused!
My first reaction was, “What about him?”
My younger brother is a Miami Heat fan and I thought he’d just texted to let me know how LeBron has now surpassed Kobe in the all time scoring list!
I then went to the shower to prepare for my day! It was about 6:15am! After showering, dressing and getting ready, like I always do, I checked social media and BOOM! It was everywhere, it’s what everyone was talking about, and it was then that my heart truly skipped a beat.
I’ve followed the Black Mamba from when he first won the Championship in 2001 up to when he retired in 2016. I remember playing NBA2K and always using the Lakers because of Kobe Bean Bryant. I became the student of the game because I wanted to emulate the way he did it. My preferred position to play was the 2 Guard because of him. I felt strongly that after he’d retire, he just surprise us one last time. I remember the finals against the Celtics in 2010 and how I’d switched the TV off in Game 7 because we were trailing by 20 points at some point, only to wake up and find out that we’d won. His injuries! Aha!
He was a passionate man, and when he refused to come back, we were remiss. But then something happened – Gianna! Just like the Mamba, the Mambacita started to impress me and I became an avid fan, waiting to see what she would become. And today happened, like any other day, but with a lot of sadness.
All we have is memories, and he gave us great memories. I am a Laker because of Kobe but even a bigger fan of the game because of how great he was. And I hated how they always kept him out of the GOAT conversation, infuriated at how blind people were to his greatness.
I am saddened by his passing, and Gianna’s as well, but more so for the family who have to deal with this terrible news.
RIP the GOAT, Black Mamba
RIP the baby GOAT, Black Mambacita
The game will never be the same with you gone!