Social media tributes to Kobe Bryant on the one-year anniversary of his death
One year ago today, the world stopped as news circulated of a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles that killed Lakers great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.
Sports commentators cried on live television. Fans and mourners descended upon Staples Center. NBA teams took 24-second shot-clock violations in honor of his number.
In the year since, a pandemic arrived, protests started over racial injustice and a new president was inaugurated. But even amid so much change, people are taking time to remember the lives lost on a hillside in Calabasas.
Thank you God for allowing me enjoy Kobe Bryant for 20 years as a great basketball player, athlete, husband, father, philanthropist, mentor & teacher of the game to many men & women of all ages, best friend to Rob Pelinka, & brother to @jeaniebuss. pic.twitter.com/PgWY3wDzu6— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2021
I can’t believe it’s been one year since we experienced the tragic loss of my brother, my friend, Kobe Bryant. It still doesn’t feel real.— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) January 26, 2021
Kobe was so much more than just a basketball player and he was destined for even more greatness. pic.twitter.com/l3ulx1mmaF
It’s been a year and it still feels unreal. I send my prayers and thoughts to the family and loved ones of Kobe Bryant. RIP to one of the greatest competitors the world has ever known. His legacy of hard work, skill, and dedication will live on forever. #MambaForever pic.twitter.com/iomaDOKrC9— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) January 26, 2021
I'm going to remember Kobe dropping 81 on Toronto. I'm going to remember Kobe dropping 60 in his last game. I'm going to remember Kobe dropping 62 in 3 quarters against the Mavs. I'm going to remember the virtuoso performances when you needed Kobe the most pic.twitter.com/iNeDOVWftI— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) January 26, 2021
We miss you Kobe and Gigi 🙏🏽— Shaun Livingston (@ShaunLivingston) January 26, 2021
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