“Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest players in professional basketball history, died Sunday in a California helicopter crash with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people. Bryant was 41.
““He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “He will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball.”
“Bryant’s career had two distinct phases: The “three-peat” years where he and teammate Shaquille O’Neal won three championships in a row, amid a public feud, and the later years, where his team won two championships and Bryant’s game matured.”
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