By Alphonsus N. Effi
Kobe Beam Bryant born August 23, 1978 and died via accident on his helicopter on the 26th January, 2020 at the tender age of 41 years. Bryant the basketball ace, died with his 13-years-old daughter, a basketball enthusiast and some other people including staff while on a basketball expedition at Bryant’s Miami sport academy in Newsbury Park where he was schedule to coach his daughter, Gianna’s team.
The scenario occurred while travelling in his private helicopter, a Sikorsky s. 763 helicopter, registration No. N72 Ex on the 26th January, 2020 at 9:06am PSt (17.06.UTC), Bryant departed John Wayne airport (SNA) in orange country California along with his 13 year old daughter Gianna, Basketball coach John Altobaelli Paytonchester, a 13 year old Alliyssa Altobelli daughter of coach John Altobelli teammate of Giann/friend, Keri Altobelli (Wife), Aro Zobayan (Pilot) and Christiana Mousa all 9 occupants mentioned were killed in the crash on that unholy day.
Bryant an American professional basket baller was a shooting guard in his hay days. He entered the National Basketball Association (NBA) directly from high School at the tender age of 18 years to prove his natural flair and standard for the game of basketball. He went ahead to play his entire 20 seasons professional career in the league eight the los Angeles Lakers (L.A Lakers). This show, he is a very loyal professional (A one club man), like the famous football legend of England’s Liverpool Football club, Steven Gerrard. This is a very mean fit in the sporting world of today especially basketball/football circles, where money making is a spinning machine, if you a top and promising athlete like Bryant top clubs in the league both locally and internationally would be wooing or luring you to come and play for them with lucrative contracts to convince your choice of stay.
Bryant, was so prolific that he won five NBA championships and 18 times All Stars, 15 times member of the All NBGA team, 12 time member of the All Defensive team, was named the 2008 NBA most valuable player (M.V.P) and was a two time NBA finals (MVP) winner. Infact, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest player of all time like his contemporaries, Micheal Jordan, Magic Johson, Shaquel O’neal, Larry bird, Malik Ja’baar, David Erwin, Moses Malone among many others. Kobe Bryant, led the NBA in scoring during two seasons he ranked fourth on the league, all time regular season, scoring and all time post season scoring list. Obviously, his natural skills/talent had brought him so much fame and wealth that basketball followers, the world over especially in the United States where he is a cult figure are finding it very difficult to believe that he died under such mysterious circumstance.
Even the current great and popular American President Donald Trump exclaimed after hearing the news of his mysterious death on helicopter accident with 13 year old daughter Gianna as “terrible”. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa and their children Natalia, Bianca and their new born Capri aside the Late Gianna (13th Year old) that died with him in the Helicopter accident.