I mourning the loss of kobe, the man who’s made his mark in the sport of basketball. Kobe Bryant Thank You For The Memories Shirt, T-Shirt, Hoodie, Sweatshirt are design to pray for Kobe, the legendary of Los Angeles Lakers. It makes me sad that i ever quit playing the sport because i can’t keep playing the sport for him and for gianna, but what hurts the most is that not only will his family be mourning the loss of kobe, but also the loss of their beautiful baby girl gianna. It is so devastating that she never got to have her sweet 16, or graduate high school but the worst part is how she never got her chance to fully make her mark and continue her fathers legacy in the sport they both are so passionate for. she was 13. 13 years old. a couple months shy of her birthday and turning 14. I don’t follow the nba as much as i follow other sports but as a kid this is what i grew up watching. My dad would always turn on the lakers game because he was such a big fan. When i think of basketball, i immediately think of kobe. i’ve seen so many posts about when we shoot something and yell “ kobe!” and how different it is going to be, but i don’t think that feeling is going to fully kick in until i do it and yell “kobe” because i’m so used to it, then realize that he is gone. I don’t know how the world works or why it takes away the best people away from us so soon, but all i know is that i’m holding my family close tonight and every night, and never taking each good bye, i love you, and see you later for granted every again. from now on, anytime i step on to the field for soccer, or on the court for volleyball, i am playing for those who can’t anymore. I am playing for kobe, for gianna, and with the same passion that they had for the sport of basketball.
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I’m not posting this for narcissistic purposes but to know how many more people feel this way. I haven’t been able to stop crying after the Kobe and Gigi news broke, and part of me can’t contain the fact that we saw a little girl grow in front of all of us with a great father figure and showed us the potential she had and her pure spirit. Children don’t come to this Earth with preconceived notions of the world, they don’t have hatred or bigotry in their hearts, they simply want to love and experience life. It’s specially heart broking to know that Kobe was always proud of the fact that he had 4 daughters, he didn’t need a son to feel like his legacy was to continue, he understood and let us all know his daughters are enough, and they are. He poured knowledge into Gigi and was raising her to reach places even higher than his as she became older. When I look at Gigi I see my younger self, my little sisters reflected on her, because we know that growing up as a girl you must overcome societal expectations aimed to hinder your growth and tell you what you can or can’t do, but like all amazing fathers he let his daughter know that she could be anything she wanted. He was a family man that put his wife and daughters at the forefront and for that we should all remember him.
There’s no sense in pretending that Kobe Bryant’s death doesn’t have a profound impact on a lot of people. Sure on a basic level he’s “just like us”, and his celebrity doesn’t grant his life superiority over anyone else’s. But there is a level at which I think most of us view certain people as too big￼￼￼￼, to the point of almost seeming immortal.￼ Celebrities seem largely immune to the mundane tragedies￼ that frequently affect the lives of strangers. But every now and then something happens that shakes us awake to reality. We are reminded that even the biggest among us can fall victim to sudden, senseless, shocking tragedy in the blink of an eye. That we’re all floating around on this space rock just one wrong way turn away from doom.￼￼ In that way even for those who don’t care about sports, hell even those who disliked Kobe￼, I think on some level the impact is still felt. And if we hug our loved ones a little tighter with the jarring reminder that tomorrow is never promised, that alone is profound.￼￼ Kobe Bryant 24 Thank You For The Memories 1978 2020 Shirt, I guess all that to say, if you don’t feel anything from this, that’s fine. But if you do, don’t think you’re being weird or the feelings you have are strange and inexplicable since you didn’t know or care about the victims. Grief resulting from public tragedy￼ is perfectly normal and healthy.
A lot of people won’t understand what It means to lose Kobe Bryant like this, the tragedy of his daughter on that same helicopter, the day after Lebron passes him on the all time scoring list, and at the young age of 41. All the moments he provided, from titles to the 81 points game, from mamba mentality to rupturing his Achilles and still shooting his foul shots, and never forget his last game for fucks sake. Now if you aren’t feeling this or don’t believe in idols then this is not the essay for you. But please either way don’t bring negative to this, because this is an idol lost.
Before I go into this very personal writing I want you to understand that basketball to me is more than a game, it is a metaphor on life in so many different ways. If I can find a way to take anything in life and compare it to a situation in basketball I find it almost always is easier to conquer. Basketball is the most influential sport to me in my life. I grew up idolizing Jordan, and Kobe was the first real one I believed was going to be the next Jordan. I like McGrady and Hill but they never landed in that role for me. Kobe was something special, and I will admit it took me a couple seasons to get over the fact he played for the Lakers. But man he was an amazing talent, and I fucking love basketball too much to let team affiliation make me ignore him. Kobe for me was an idol to look up to after Jordan. Someone that molded parts of my personality from my early 20s to this day. I named my car the black mamba, my nickname is the pale mamba, I tell my team at work mamba mentality, and I tell people its all about the W because of the mamba mentality. Whatever part of me that is not lost to a burn out hippie, that fire that holds over from youth, that competitiveness is from Kobe. That thrill of winning, that love of winning, that obsession with winning is from Kobe. The yin of laid back and the yang of competitiveness. The worship of winning was kept alive by this man.
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How can one man influence this? Because I fucking love basketball, and Kobe showed us through the love of the game of basketball how to be killers, ruthless, and how to worship the art of winning. I also love metaphors so this all just works out great for me. I never loved the idea of Kobe being better than Jordan, but being the next was also just so incredible to behold.
Was Kobe perfect? Fuck no. in fact he had an out of marriage scandal that resulted in shame but when looking at it that only makes it more of a human that I can relate with. Not on the cheating part, but on the level of we all fuck up and we all have demons to overcome. But he still showed that when the lights are on and you are inside those lines, the game is the game. And that is not even acknowledging the on the court issues he had, injuries, contracts, and god knows what else but I am too upset to think that far back. Either way….Kobe was elite at something and flawed in other ways….welcome to fucking reality folks. Kobe, I was too young to understand when Jordan was winning how much winning matters, I was only able to admire it, but I was able to learn it from you. Thank you for every shot, Kobe Bryant Thank You For The Memories Shirt with every moment, and every lesson. Thank you for being you relentlessly, for better or worse. I do not need my idols to be perfect, I need my idols to be relatable. Mamba mentality lives on.