September 25, 2023

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 21: Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi, watch an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks on December 21, 2019 at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Nets won 122-112. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

According to multiple reports, NBA icon, Kobe Bean Bryant, and his daughter, rising basketball star, Gianna Maria Onore, tragically perished in a helicopter crash.

Kobe Bryant was an NBA legend, who helped steer the NBA onward, post Michael Jordan era. Throughout his career, he was known for his relentless ability to score and his passion for the game, overall. This passion led him to 5 NBA titles, 2 Finals MVP’s, 1 MVP and multiple ALL NBA and All Star appearances.

Coming out of high school, Kobe was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets and traded, on draft night, to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he played all 20 years of his illustrious career. Post-retirement, Kobe remained active, being an ambassador to the game of basketball (Both domestically and international), winning an Oscar for his outstanding love letter to the game itself, entitled “Dear Basketball” and raising four amazing daughters, one of which, Gianna “GiGi” Maria Onore, tragically died in the crash.

GiGi wanted to be just like her father, pursuing the game of basketball at a high level, and would often accompany him to NBA and WNBA games.

Kobe was 41 and GiGi was 13.

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Leslie McLemore writes about a lot of different shit for Black With No Chaser. He is also the Takeaway Kang and is the father of two beautiful girls, one of which gets on every nerve he has. The other one is sweet. So, you know, balance. 

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