Jaime Gutierrez – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – After the shocking death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant Sunday morning, LRHS Mustangs were asked, “What impact did Kobe Bryant’s career or the accident have on you and how devastated are you about the sudden death?”
Former Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, unexpectedly died in a helicopter crash Sunday at approximately 9:47 a.m. Pacific Time in Calabasas, California. Bryant’s legacy and character has made an impact on fans and people from around the world and here at LRHS.
Junior Ikey Fields said, “Kobe Bryant was my favorite basketball player of all time for many reasons, but one reason that stands out was his willingness to work hard.”
Kobe Bryant was one of nine other passengers in the helicopter that crashed in the steep mountainside outside Los Angeles. Bryant’s death has sparked a growing tribute and idolization over his legacy.
“I was pretty devastated when I found out, I was actually doing homework when it happened,” senior Michael Wilson said, “Also I was upset when I heard it was official and included his daughter; I told my family and we were all silent and speechless.”
In Kobe’s 20 seasons, he won five NBA championships, was an 18-time NBA All-Star, 2008 NBA MVP, participated in the USA national team, and made countless donations and contributed to the community around LA and across the country.
Junior Sophia Milligan said, “Kobe was an inspiration to everyone, even outside the basketball community. A lot of people looked up to him and it is just devasting; his death is huge for his name and legacy, and he will be missed.”