Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died on Sunday at age 41. Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, a source confirmed to ESPN.
Bryant entered the NBA straight out of high school in 1996, going on to win five championships and one regular-season MVP. Across the world, players, coaches and fans mourned Bryant’s death, with multiple teams opening their games on Sunday with back-to-back 24-second violations.
The Lakers-Clippers game scheduled for Tuesday night has been postponed ‘out of respect for the Lakers,’ according to the NBA.
Find all of ESPN’s coverage on Bryant, the Lakers and reaction around the NBA here.
Kobe approached his post-basketball life with the same Mamba Mentality he displayed as a player: an audacious, unyielding will to motivate the next generation. — Ramona Shelburne
The Lakers legend was a man with limitless possibilities. — Jackie MacMullan
In WNBA players, Gianna Bryant saw what she hoped to be. In her, the players saw who they once were, and the future of their sport through her eyes. — Mechelle Voepel
Tracy McGrady details how important Kobe Bryant was to the beginning of his career and how sad he is that Kobe and Gianna Bryant are no longer alive.
Dwyane Wade posts an emotional video to his Instagram story to talk about what he’s feeling in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s death.
Relive Kobe Bryant’s historic NBA career as told by the Lakers icon.
To honor Kobe Bryant, the Cavaliers begin the game taking a 24-second violation, then the Pistons take an 8-second violation.
Miami takes the time to honor Kobe Bryant with 24 seconds of silence and numbers 24 and 8 lit up on the floor before tipoff against the Magic.
The Detroit Pistons are introduced wearing jerseys with both of Kobe Bryant’s numbers, 8 and 24, on them.
From the archive: ESPN writers on Kobe