26th January marked the first death anniversary of American basketball player Kobe Bryant. On the occasion of this sad day, Los Angeles based poet and artist City James paid homage to the extensiveness and legacy of the life and career of the late Los Angeles Lakers legend.
Kobe Bryant joined the National Basketball Association of NBA back in 1996. Over the years, his resilience and hard-work pushed him to become one of the greatest basketball players of his generation. He was the most valuable player in NBA between 2007 and 2008. Apart from this accolade, he was also an 18 times All-Star and 5 times NBA champion. Through the span of his career, he left behind an unparalleled legacy and changed the course of modern basketball as he constantly kept accomplishing the epitomes of the sport.
Kobe retired from basketball in 2016. Towards the end of his career and after his retirement, he began working with numerous rising young players and imparted his valuable guidance to lead them towards a successful future.
However, fate had something else in store. On the 26th of January in 2020, he was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. The total number of victims in the crash was 8. Kobe was accompanied by his daughter Gianna sadly also passed away. The news shook the sports world to the core.
However, Bryant will be remembered through history for his unparalleled contribution to sports. The poet has captured his legacy in the most profound way.