Bryant, who was the fourth-leading scorer in league history, was an 18-time All-Star selection and won a record-tying four-time All-Star Game MVP
Vanessa Bryant also made her Instagram page public when she released the new profile picture. She had set her account to private after the crash.
Change.org said the petition, which has been signed by celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, and Usher, is the fastest-growing on its website and the first petition of 2020 to top 1 million signatures anywhere in the globe.
Bryant was accused of and charged with sexual assault in 2003, but the charge was dropped after the accuser refused to testify. He later settled a civil suit with the accuser.
As the NBA was desperate for a new face to represent a diversifying league without Michael Jordan in his prime, Bryant did more than any other U.S. player to fill that void.
Kobe Bryant’s sessions with reporters could be combative and obscure — he once compared his urgent, clamorous need to shoot to a city’s fight against crime — but they could also be honest and piercing, and the uncertainty could make performance art of such encounters.
The Los Angeles Lakers game against the Los Angeles Clippers scheduled for Tuesday at Staples Center has been postponed following the death of Kobe Bryant.
There’s a reason why ‘Kobe-ing’ became a phenomenon. Jump up, shoot and yell “Kobe!”; be it a solitary game of hoops or a crunched up paperball hurled towards the waste basket. If it went in, all the better.
Bryant, who retired after that 2016 game, died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California, northwest of Los Angeles, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.
The players of San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors honoured the legend by forfeiting possession for the first 24 seconds of play.
The crash also killed Gianna Bryant, 13, the second oldest of Kobe Bryant’s four daughters with his wife, Vanessa. They were traveling from the family’s base in Orange County, California, to Thousand Oaks, 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
A moment of silence was also held before Sunday's game in Denver between the Nuggets and Houston Rockets. The public address announcer ended the tribute with "Rest In Peace, Mamba."
Zion caught the eye of the media from a staggering age of 13 in his first season for Spartanburg Day School.
With their father playing in the NBA, the young Stephen and Seth Curry had an all-access pass to watch games and practice -- but only if the trash was out, the dog was walked and all the washing up was done.
Luka Doncic played the last few minutes of the first half with a jersey he ripped into a V-neck look on a frustrating night against the player he admired growing up.
Unlike Nash’s era, when the NBA certainly featured numerous successful international players but only a few who were considered truly elite, there are several at that level besides Giannis and Luka.
Their 14-game road winning streak is tied for the third-longest in NBA history. If the Lakers can beat the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday and the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, they will tie the record.
Part of Green’s lasting appeal with Michigan State fans has to do with his everyman nature. He has battled his waistline. His growth took time. Even now, he sometimes struggles to control his emotions.
The dunk and the controversy overshadowed a wild game. The Rockets were up, 102-89, at the time of the dunk, yet managed to lose that lead.
The last time the Bucks had a longer winning streak than this was when they won 16 in a row spanning the end of the 1972-73 season and the beginning of 1973-74. They also had a 13-game run shortly after that 16-game streak ended.
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