Kobe Bryant’s impact on and off the basketball court

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A vigil for the late Kobe Bryant at LA Live on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Photo by Drew Tewksbury.

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday morning. Hundreds gathered at a vigil outside of LA Live. 

The same evening at the adjacent Staples Center, musicians gathered for the Grammy Awards, where Alicia Keys paid tribute to Kobe Bryant. She said, “We’re all feeling crazy sadness right now. Because earlier today Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero. And we’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.”

Outside the Staples Center, Lakers fan Bob Jimenez told KCRW, “Lakers  -- it’s a family. It’s not just a team. It’s not just a sport. And Lakers kept me off the street as a kid. I’d run home to watch Kobe play instead of going out doing something I shouldn't. It’s just hard to take in honestly.” 

We discuss how Kobe Bryant transcended basketball, and the legacy he leaves behind.