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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/26/2020 02:18 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/26/2020 02:18 PM
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Los Angeles Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant Dies at 41 in Helicopter Crash

Los Angeles, CA...(AP) — Kobe Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41. Bryant died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. It was unclear if family members were on the helicopter. The crash happened around 10 a.m. near about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.





Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said it was a Sikorsky S-76 and it was not known what caused the crash. The LA County Sheriff’s Department confirmed five dead in the crash, but had not released identities.

Bryant lived south of Los Angeles in coastal Orange County for much of his adult life, and he often used helicopters to save time and avoid Southern California’s notorious traffic. Even as a player, he often traveled to practices and games by helicopter, and he kept up the practice after retirement as he attended to his business ventures.

Colin Storm was in his living room in Calabasas when he heard “what sounded like a low-flying airplane or helicopter.”

“Ït was very foggy so we couldn’t see anything,” he said. “But then we heard some sputtering, and then a boom.”

A short time later the fog cleared a bit and Storm could see smoke rising from the hillside in front of his home.

Bryant retired in 2016 as the third-leading scorer in NBA history, finishing two decades with the Lakers as a prolific scorer with a sublime all-around game and a relentless competitive ethic. He held that spot in the league scoring ranks until Saturday night, when the Lakers’ LeBron James passed him for third place during a game in Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown.

“Continuing to move the game forward (at)KingJames,” Bryant wrote in his last tweet. “Much respect my brother.”

Bryant had one of the greatest careers in recent NBA history and became one of the game’s most popular players as the face of the 16-time NBA champion Lakers franchise. He was the league MVP in 2008 and a two-time NBA scoring champion, and he earned 12 selections to the NBA’s All-Defensive teams.

He teamed with Shaquille O’Neal in a combustible partnership to lead the Lakers to NBA titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He later teamed with Pau Gasol to win two more titles in 2009 and 2010.

Bryant retired in 2016 after scoring 60 points in his final NBA game.

Bryant looms large over the current generation of NBA players. After James passed Bryant on Saturday, he remembered listening to Bryant when the superstar came to speak at a childhood basketball camp.

“I remember one thing he said: If you want to be great at it, or want to be one of the greats, you’ve got to put the work in,” James said. “There’s no substitution for work.”

James later teamed up with Bryant on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in Beijing.

“He had zero flaws offensively,” James said. “Zero. You backed off of him, he could shoot the 3. You body him up a little bit, he could go around you. He could shoot from mid-range. He could post. He could make free throws. ... He was just immortal offensively because of his skill set and his work ethic.”

NBA.com's Shaun Powell weighs in on Kobe Bryant's incalculable popularity in Los Angeles.
Bryant was a basketball superstar for his entire adult life. He entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996 after a childhood spent partly in Italy, where his father, former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, played professionally.

The Lakers acquired the 17-year-old Bryant in a trade shortly after Charlotte drafted him, and he immediately became one of the most exciting and intriguing players in the sport alongside O’Neal, who had signed with the Lakers as a free agent. Bryant won the Slam Dunk Contest as an upstart rookie, and the Lakers gradually grew into a team that won three consecutive championships.

Bryant and Gasol formed the nucleus of another championship team in 2008, reaching three straight NBA Finals and eventually winning two more titles.

In 2003, Bryant was charged with attacking a 19-year-old employee at a Colorado resort. He had said the two had consensual sex. Prosecutors later dropped the felony sexual assault charge against Bryant at the request of the accuser.

Source = NBA


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So Sorry
Posted on: 2020-01-26 14:41:39   By: Anonymous
 
So very heartbreaking. He was a good man who did so much good for others.

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    Re: Ooof...
    Posted on: 2020-01-26 14:47:02   By: Anonymous
     
    RIP brother...✌🏾

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      Re: Ooof...
      Posted on: 2020-01-26 14:53:18   By: Anonymous
       
      Nine people on board died not five as reported earlier.

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    Re: So Sorry
    Posted on: 2020-01-26 21:01:14   By: Anonymous
     
    Didn't he settle for $2.5M for a rape case in Arizona?


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      Re: So Sorry
      Posted on: 2020-01-26 23:15:05   By: Anonymous
       
      Eagle, Colorado.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-01-26 15:11:40   By: Anonymous
 
That nice but if Trump wanted to play basketsball he wood have been best ever. Trump is a real winner!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-01-26 15:35:26   By: Anonymous
     
    He's the biggest loser our country has even seen.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-01-26 17:42:20   By: Anonymous
       
      I thought Hillary lost ya insensitive azzhole, so I'm pretty sure she's the biggest loser, that and now she's separated from her Rapist, impeached, sexual predator, Pedophile husband who lied to God and the entire World with his hand on the bible.

      Now back to the story....

      Sad news about Kobe, then heard his daughter was with him.

      RIP

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-01-26 17:35:24   By: Anonymous
     
    You must be a Democrat, got "wood"?

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-01-26 17:48:18   By: Anonymous
       
      Do you gape?

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2020-01-26 19:49:17   By: Anonymous
         
        ^I've gaped your mom.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2020-01-26 20:51:05   By: Anonymous
           
          Mom had a sex change 10 years ago cowboy. U got the d too huh? ;)

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Have Some Respect
Posted on: 2020-01-26 18:15:23   By: Anonymous
 
Leave political opposition and debate out of this!!

If this was any of your family, you wouldn’t want to look upon anything that was just posted!

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WHAT THE HAY!
Posted on: 2020-01-26 21:28:26   By: Anonymous
 
We have Chinese flooding our state for the San Francisco celebrations with the BEER VIRUS and this is your top story?
https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/urgent-china-gov-t-admits-virus-cannot-be-contained

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    Re: WHAT THE HAY!
    Posted on: 2020-01-26 21:30:09   By: Anonymous
     
    China knew about this before Christmas.

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      Re: WHAT THE HAY!
      Posted on: 2020-01-26 21:30:54   By: Anonymous
       
      Could this be our Christmas gift from North Korea?

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        Re: WHAT THE HAY!
        Posted on: 2020-01-27 14:42:58   By: Anonymous
         


        Why should we be sad about Kobe? Yes we should be sad about the other people on board but not Kobe!

        Let me explain:

        It’s a well known fact Kobe used a helicopter to go games and appointments. He even used it to help out teammates get to appointments. That’s great and all but think about why he chose to use it in the first place. To get around traffic! He said in interviews in the past that he can’t sit in a car because he had bad knees and ache feet and some other things wrong with him. He retired from basketball in 2016. So for over 3 years what was he using it for? If he would of gotten a tour bus he could of stretched out and not bothered all those ailments and this tragedy wouldn’t of happened. Kobe’s need to publicly show off his money and trying to act like he was better then everyone else is what got them killed!!

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          Re: WHAT THE HAY!
          Posted on: 2020-01-27 14:44:50   By: Anonymous
           


          RIP to everyone on that helicopter!

          Not Kobe! No way no how! He used his money to stay out of prison for that rape charge! I will show no sympathy for Rapists!!

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