Basketball Titan Killed In Crash!

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant (pictured), one of the greatest basketball players of all time, has died in a helicopter crash. He was 41.

Reports said that Bryant was on board the helicopter with his 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven others when it crashed near Calabasas, 30 miles north-west of downtown Los Angeles.

Affectionately known as the “Black Mamba” Bryant went straight into the NBA from school, foregoing a college career. He played his entire, 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won five championships with the team and was named an All-Star on 18 occasions.

He retired in 2016 as the NBA’s third-highest all-time scorer. He also won gold medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Paying tribute to Bryant, current NBA superstar Lebroy James said, “He is someone that I used as inspiration. It was like, wow. Seeing a kid, 17 years old, come into the NBA and trying to make an impact on a franchise, I used it as motivation.” He added, “He helped me before he even knew of me because of what he was able to do. So, just to be able to, at this point of my career, to share the same [Lakers] jersey that he wore, be with this historical franchise and just represent the purple and gold, it’s very humbling.”