Like Father like Daughter: The Aspiration to become one of the Greats

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While watching some of the tributes from many players, mentors and coaches who knew Kobe Bryant, one film came to mind which was his devotion to his family. Kobe had four children and one of them, Gianna, wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a basketball great. In fact many children looked up to him as their mentor because of his balance between basketball life and family life. It was no wonder that he has collected especially many younger fans during his stellar career as a basketball profi. While Gianna will not be able to live his dream (she also perished in the crash), there will be many children who will continue the tradition that Kobe and his daughter have left off, which is making basketball a great sport to play and to cheer.

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KOBE, THE COURT IS EMPTY

Another (guest) poem in memory of Kobe Bryant.

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KOBE, THE COURT IS EMPTY

Young with a smile so bright, on the court you lit up the night,

Wizard of the bouncing ball, for twenty years you gave your all.

Down the floor with a magical touch, a fake and a dribble to the left,

Down the court, you drive, into the air, under your leg, slam dunk!

From city to city you traveled, left your mark on many a basketball floor,

Most valuable player, championships of five, you were a force of magical delight.

Kobe, the court is empty, your spirit does jump shots in the dark of night,

For eternity you are a champion in some heavenly light, where are you tonight?

The staple center will forever be your second home, now in a spiritual world you roam,

Shoot that ball! listen to the cheers from all souls that will hear, daughter so dear.

The buzzer sounds…

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Tribute to Kobe Bryant

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As we pay tribute to the millions who perished on the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, another story that is making waves is the sudden and tragic death of one of basketballs greats, Kobe Bryant. He and his daughter, Gianna, were two of the nine passengers who were killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26th at around 10:00am local time.He was 41, she was 13. He had just hung up his shoes and was doing great service for his family and the city he loved, LA. She was just starting to get the taste of the hoops in hopes of picking up where her father left off.  Kobe was the icon that kids looked up to. Kids like Gianna wanted to be like him. Kobe was the teacher and mentor- an inspiration for others. Gianna was inspired by his greatness both on and off the court.  He set the examples, she followed, and with that, kids of her generation. And now with both gone, it’s up to the younger generations to pick up where he left off, and where the daughter left off, even though she had just gotten started.

Like in yesterday’s blog marathon, today’s marathon pays tribute to Kobe Bryant, whose basketball career spanned 20 years as a pro but almost an entire lifetime during his 41 years on Earth. We will start with an acrostic poem I made in his honor, it will follow with some other tributes, including a motivational speech the basketball great made. So without further ado:

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Here’s to you, Kobe:

The

 

King

Of  

Basketball’s

Elite

 

The

 

Kind

Open

Bright

Entertaining  Type

 

That

 

Kids

Of many

Backgrounds and

Environments

 

Know

On and off the

Basketball

Enclosure.

 

Your

 

Kindness to all,

Outright performance,

Bravery and

Encouragement

 

Plus your

 

Knowledge

Of

Basketball

Encouraged

 

Kids to be

Originals of the

Basketball

Elite.

 

To the

 

Kaiser

Of the

Basketball

Elite,

 

One of the

 

Kings of the NBA

Olympics and

Best

Entertainers,

You have our Thanks for many years of the best plays in basketball history. Things will never be the same, but we will remember you for turning kids into men and novices into the elite. ❤ 

 

Fl Fi USA