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Bryant's Legacy Will Endure

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At the Tampa Bay Lightning v. Dallas Stars game in Dallas, Texas, NBA legend Kobe Bryant is remembered during a pregame moment of silence before at the American Airlines Center on Jan. 27, 2020. (Tom Pennington/Getty)

By Tuesday, 28 January 2020 04:06 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The shocking deaths of former NBA great Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Giana in helicopter crash has stunned nationally and globally.

For a moment there was pause, to try to comprehend the significance of this event.

What the Lord has in mind and what we are left to deal with are often hard to discern.

Two glaring facts remain:

Bryant was born to a sports gene pool as the son of former NBA-caliber player Joe Bryant. Mr. Bryant raised Kobe in Italy. He was also one of the few young successful athletes who transitioned from high school to the NBA. Kobe is almost assured a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame, regardless of who comes after him; even while considering those who preceded him.

Kobe Bryant spent 20 years on one team, the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA). While there he was instrumental in securing five championships (in which he received 2 MVP awards). 

He was called the Black Mamba after a killer snake, this was indicative of his actual "floor game."

Kobe Bryant was fluent in English, Italian, and Spanish — giving him an opportunity to speak with several of his colleagues in their language. It also made Kobe somewhat of a renaissance man — opening up the international arenas for him. But Kobe Bryant took it several steps beyond. He messed up: facing (in 2003) charges of rape and sodomy. He didn’t lawyer up, but publicly admitted to adultery, He noted his perception of this act in his victim's mind was not one of consent.

He agreed to resolve the case.

Though this tarnished his brand, he didn’t plea bargain to retain his salary or avoid blame but to alllow his victim some semblance of dignity. Such forthrightness may have saved what seemed to him most important — family and honor. Cognizant of the shortness of life on the court, Kobe took classes to improve his writing skills. He wanted to become a storyteller. Something stuck: he won an Academy Award for his Best Animated Short "Dear Basketball," (2015).

He also put his money to work for him through the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. He was able to finance several Mamba Academies to help young people use basketball to inform their lives — not just serve their ambition. It was his family he spoke of glowingly.

Though, as painful as it may be for his loved ones to lose him, as well as lose daughter Giana, her gone too soon light glimmers in the love her father expressed for her as well the love he showed for his wife and other daughters. As a supporter of women’s basketball, he saw for his girls the potential for greatness as we all should.

Now if they would just figure out how to grant them equal pay, we would climb another milestone.

Ada M. Fisher, MD, MPH is a licensed teacher, retired Corporate physician, former county school board member, speaker, author of "Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Good for What Ails Us Book 1" (available through Amazon. com) and is the NC Republican National Committeewoman. Contact through DrAdaMFisher.org. To read more of Dr. Fisher's reports, Click Here Now.

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It was his family he spoke of glowingly. Though, as painful as it may be for his loved ones to lose him, as well as lose daughter Giana, her gone too soon light glimmers in the love her father expressed for her as well the love he showed for his wife and other daughters.
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