The sport universe have lost one of its greatests icons this weekend. Kobe Bryant, the legendary Lakers playmaker and his daughter Gianna, have died yesterday in a helicopter crash. This weekly Story is then dedicated to them through the numerous tributes that have been spread all over the world on social media.
Once the horrific rumour was made official, social media first went on fire, full of sadness and incomprehension towards the brutality of the event. The basketball community was in shock, affected at its very heart…
Can’t be real
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) January 26, 2020
Nah man this cant be true
— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) January 26, 2020
Beyond devastated… my big brother… I can’t, I just can’t believe it
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) January 26, 2020
… to let place next at the most creative and solemn tribute messages. Every actor took their time to pay tribute to the great Black Mamba.
Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete. pic.twitter.com/9EZuwk8wrV
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) January 26, 2020
Lakers Hall of Fame players and Kobe’s closest teammates took the lead first to express their pain, seeing a rolemodel, a brother in arms and a friend go.
Then, sports legends took over the tribute vibes to the most famous number 24 in the world. In each sport, in each generation, this vibe showed that Bryant was an inspiration for everyone.
I woke up this morning with the horrible news of the tragic death of one of the greatest sportsman in the world. Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and other passengers. My condolences to his wife and families. I am in shock.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) January 27, 2020
Neymar took the time, a few hours after the news, to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant by celebrating his penalty kick against Lille in a special way in front of TV cameras broadcasting his Ligue 1 game.
To gather all the messages dedicated the twice-Olympic medallist here would be impossible, but some creatives set themselves apart to go over the ambient sadness and pay tribute in their way to Kobe Bryant.
Adieu Kobe. RIP pic.twitter.com/RQyXmqNhFO
— Pingoo (@Pingoopathe) January 26, 2020
Rest in Peace Mamba.