Kobe Bryant Remembrance Day timeline
- January 26, 2020
A fatal crash
Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, six of their close friends, and their pilot passed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
- November 29, 2015
Kobe Bryant announced that he would be retiring from basketball at the age of 37.
- June 26, 1996
Black Mamba joins the Lakers
The Charlotte Hornets trade 17 year old Kobe Bryant for Lakers' starting center, Vlade Divac
- August 23, 1978
Birth of an icon
Kobe Bean Bryant was born to former NBA player Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant.
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How to Observe Kobe Bryant Remembrance Day
Don the number 8 and 24
Kobe started his NBA career wearing the number 8, but when he felt that he switched from rookie to leader, he adopted the number 24. On Kobe Bryant Remembrance Day wear his legendary numbers in his honor.
Re-watch Kobe Bryant highlights
Turn on YouTube and find your favorite compilation of Kobe Bryant's groundbreaking basketball career, or even just the silly moments that made him the likable and funny man people knew him as.
Donate to the charities he supported
Bryant was passionate about philanthropy and always gave back to the people who needed it most. On Kobe Bryant Remembrance Day, consider making a donation to After-School All-Stars, Stand Up to Cancer, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, or the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.
Why Kobe Bryant Remembrance Day is Important
He was a sports icon
Kobe was more than just an NBA Hall of Famer, he was a once-in-a-lifetime talent with a competitive drive that made him one of the best basketball players of all time. It's his name that people say when they're throwing a balled up paper into a waste basket, hoping to make it in on the first try.
He was a father
Other than being an icon, Kobe was a family man and a loving father to Gianna, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri Bryant. His last moments were spent with his 13 year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant.
He was a husband
Kobe met his soon-to-be wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant in 1999 on the set of a music video. He proposed a year later and the two were married in April 2001. The couple had been together everyday since.