The sports world mourns Kobe Bryant

Alex Myers discusses how the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant is being felt all over the globe.

Released on 1/27/2020

Transcript

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So we're gonna do something a little bit different
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this week following the tragic death
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of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others.
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First of all, our thoughts and prayers
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are with the families of these nine people.
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Nothing I can say will help anyone involved.
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This is a much more serious topic than we ever address.
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But it's too big of an event to ignore.
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Anyway, I've wasted an absurd amount of time
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debating Bryant's place in history through the years.
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Specifically, how he compares to LeBron James
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and Kobe's former teammate, Shaq.
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But none of that matters today.
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In fact, it's hard to image any of that mattering again.
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Kobe was one of the all time
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great basketball players, period.
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And clearly one of the most transcendent athletes
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and biggest stars this planet has ever seen.
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NBA players including LeBron James were brought to tears.
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NFL players coordinated a celebration in his honor
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at the Pro Bowl.
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In soccer, Neymar saluted him during a game.
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In tennis, Nick Kyrgios wore a Kobe Bryant jersey
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for his Australian Open warm up.
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Even the freaking Grammy Awards opened up
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with the likes of Alicia Keys, Boys 2 Men, and Lizzo
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paying tribute to Kobe.
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News of Kobe's death hit the world of golf hard, too.
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Tiger Woods, whose career as a teen phenom to a legend
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has overlapped with Kobe,
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was visibly shocked when told what happened.
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In several post-round interviews,
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he did his best to put this tragedy into words.
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So did others on social media.
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From Rory McIlroy, to Brooks Koepka, to Justin Thomas.
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In fact, as Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard pointed out,
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13 PGA Tour pros list Kobe as their favorite athlete.
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He doesn't play golf.
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He doesn't even play basketball anymore.
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But it didn't matter.
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He was idolized across the globe.
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Kobe was arguably my favorite athlete as well
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before LeBron came along
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and before I got swept into the world of advanced metrics.
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In fact, I wrote my first ever column
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in our college paper, comparing him to Michael Jordan.
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I know, I know, how original.
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And I'll never forget when he scored 81 points.
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Not the game itself so much
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but the feeling I had that next day
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when I woke up and still couldn't believe it.
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81 points!
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How could that happen?
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Sadly, I felt the same way waking up today.
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How could this happen?
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The timing was crazy as well
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with LeBron passing Kobe for third
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on the NBA all-time scoring list just the night before.
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And waxing poetic about how much Bryant meant to him.
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Then there was the clip that went viral
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of Kobe giving his daughter a basketball lesson
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during a recent NBA game.
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With no more games of his own,
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Kobe had focused on Gigi's career.
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And as a father myself,
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the photos of them are heartbreaking.
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Of course, despite all the NBA titles and accolades,
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Kobe's career wasn't perfect.
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Most notably there was a sexual assault charge
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during the prime of his career.
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But in the court of public opinion
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he clearly died as a hero.
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And again, as as loving father.
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Kobe's not the first start athlete
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to die unexpectedly.
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But while others like Dale Earnhardt,
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Payne Stewart and Roy Halladay have stunned the world,
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none have quite had this impact.
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Kobe was bigger than an athlete,
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bigger than a brand.
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His Mamba Mentality is a movement
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and one that isn't going away anytime soon.
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So let's keep Kobe in your head
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for his relentless drive.
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And let's keep Kobe, Gigi and the seven other victims
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of this tragedy in your hearts
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as a reminder of how precious our time on earth is.
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