This piece on Kobe Bryant has been sent in by a Twitter follower of ours, Chris Sherwood.
Chris wanted us to share this with you all. We are very thankful that he has taken the time to put together such a moving piece on Kobe.
What can I say about Kobe “Bean” Bryant? To put it simply he was my hero.
When I was having a tough time, whether it be at school, or later on in life at work. I always knew that I had Kobe and the Lakers to lean on.
I lost my father 6 years ago, some of the fondest memories I have with him are the two of us, sat at Staples taking in the greatness of Kobe Bryant. I was lucky as a teenager to spend a fair bit of time in Southern California, and for an English Laker fan this meant we HAD to soak up as much Laker basketball as humanly (and financially) possible!
We were in the building for some great games such as his 62 point game in 3 quarters against the Mavs, game 3 of the 2006 Series against the Suns, and the Lakers-Celtics game on Christmas Day (where we got our first taste of revenge after the 2008 finals).
My best friend is a Celtics fan and we have spoken about our shared grief. During his career we thought of Kobe on opposite ends of the spectrum as hero and the villain, but what he stood for as a competitor meant so much to both of us.
Kobe Bryant meant the absolute world to me, and I know inspired so many people all across the world.
Rest in peace Mamba, Mambacita, and all those lost in the tragic accident.
I’ve attached a couple of images. One of a photo I have up on my wall of the 62 point game with the ticket in the frame.
And also a photo from that game with myself and my father in the crowd (main article image).
P.S. My dog is named after Kobe!