‘The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna,’ says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

Kobe Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships died in a helicopter crash Sunday.

ormer NBA player Kobe Bryant

Former NBA player Kobe Bryant

“For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning.  He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary:  five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals.  But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability.  He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, and their family, the Lakers organization and the entire sports world.”

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. The father of four is survived by his wife, Vanessa Bryant, and three daughters Natalia, Bianka and their infant Capri, who was born in July 2019.

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