Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died on Sunday at age 41. Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, a source confirmed to ESPN.
Bryant entered the NBA straight out of high school in 1996, going on to win five championships and one regular-season MVP. Across the world, players, coaches and fans mourned Bryant’s death, with multiple teams opening their games on Sunday with back-to-back 24-second violations.
Find all of ESPN’s coverage on Bryant, the Lakers and reaction around the NBA here.
Kobe approached his post-basketball life with the same Mamba Mentality he displayed as a player: an audacious, unyielding will to motivate the next generation. — Ramona Shelburne
The Lakers legend was a man with limitless possibilities. — Jackie MacMullan
Dwyane Wade posts an emotional video to his Instagram story to talk about what he’s feeling in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s death.
Carmelo Anthony reflects on his relationship with Kobe Bryant and how it was deeper than basketball.
Relive Kobe Bryant’s historic NBA career as told by the Lakers icon.
Devin Booker, Ja Morant and their teammates take the time to honor Kobe Bryant, as both teams take 24-second shot clock violations to start the game.
Trae Young takes an eight-second backcourt violation, and then the Wizards inbound the ball and take a 24-second violation in honor of Kobe Bryant.
Madison Square Garden pays tribute throughout the night to Kobe Bryant after he died earlier on Sunday.
From the archive: ESPN writers on Kobe