NBA Sunday Social: Remembering, honoring, and celebrating the late-great Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant and others remembered on the jumbotron inside Staples Center (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant and others remembered on the jumbotron inside Staples Center (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

One week ago Kobe Bryant and eight others perished in a helicopter crash. Today, Sir Charles in Charge reflects on the life of Kobe

I never met him, but he was in my living room many nights. I never saw him play in person, but I watched him play live on countless occasions. He was not my favorite player, but he was one of the biggest reasons I love the game.

One week ago today, the world lost a legend. But, Kobe Bryant was oh so much more than an outstanding athlete.

Bryant was an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a business person, a producer, a teammate, a friend, a mentor, a son, a brother, a husband, and, most importantly, a father. Bryant’s life was not the only one lost. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, along with seven other passengers and the helicopter pilot also perished in a truly tragic accident. Goodbye Kobe. Rest in paradise Black Mamba.

Where were you when

There are moments that you never forget where you were when they happened, these are known as where were you when moments. Kobe’s death falls into that category. I was sitting on my couch, saw the above tweet from Lillard, thought he got traded, then I saw the tragic motive behind this tweet trending on Twitter.

Remembering all nine lives

Sometimes art speaks louder than words

What we do for the ones we love

Trae Young gotta little help from above on this statline

Words from Young

Kobe reached far beyond the NBA world

Words from Lesley Mac

A view from that night

Moda Center lit it up right

Lillard recalls his first NBA game

It doesn’t and never really did matter

Love from Luka

Shareef O’Neale pays remembers his uncle

And, his little cousin

Father to father

The feeling is mutual, Enes

RIP legend

A feminder to live each day as if it were your last

Cool tribute from the Pels


Greatness respects greatness

Losing a legend

LeBron passing Kobe the night prior is profoundly special

Hey now, you’re an All-Star

Wise words Mr. President

The moment is steal surreal

Pau Gasol‘s initial reaction

Gasol further opined a few days later

More from Gasol

Might Breen sums up the day

Wise perspective from Mr. Oh Me, Oh My

Bryant was definitely a force

It’s Important to laugh

Remembering John Altobelli

Losing a legend

Hand written notes are the best notes

Searching for an escape

Life is short

This is an accurate statement

Be like big Perk

Brilliant breakfast club

Kobe parade sounds good to me


Waiting for the reply

Go read the full thread

Father-daughter bond

It’s okay to cry

Classy gesture from the Thunder

Indeed he did

The tears will come and go

Just a little clarification

So much bigger than basketball

Excellent decision

Luka was still magnificent

Mamba mentor

For Kobe

It’s all bad and sad

From the NBA


Coming full circle

RIP Alyssa Altobelli

Kobe knew

Nine rings

This is how powerful Kobe Bryant was and will always be

Fab Five

Be Like Mike

Telling stories help us heal

Shai pays homage

Beautiful mural

Losing a brother

No Maverick will wear 24 again

Mamba and Mambacita mural

Coming together during hard times

Joel Embiid is awesome

Just two buddies enjoying some cold ones

More reflection from Draymond

Kobe was family in LA

How fitting


That awkward moment when

If you haven’t, go watch this video

Remembering KB by the LA Clippers

Kobe definitely was not done

Nice statline Spicy P

Shaq silences the mob

Not everybody is changing numbers

So many great stories

The Sun may be out, but the clouds have not cleared

Forever watching over them

More great art

Legends create legendary moments

Kinda eerie

Kobe is special

Save me a seat

The go-to guy

Marvelous Mambacita

Seeing double

Not over until it’s over

Reflecting on fond memories

This generations MJ

Kobe created the truth


Many heartfelt stories have been shared about Kobe Bryant over the past week. However, the one Elle Duncan shared during a Sports Center telecast sparked the viral hashtag Girl Dad




CP3 knows

Statement from Pelinka

Message from Russ

Stellar signs

Montrezl discusses the mood in LA

Welcome to Kobe City


Mamba forever

ICYMI: The Lakers tribute


Vanessa’s motivating message

Hug your loved ones tight!

It was difficult to find a high note from this past week, but the clip of LeBron warmly embracing his son during one of his basketball games seemed to fit the bill. If there is one thing to be learned from the past week, you should hold those you care for close, and tell them you love them often.

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The healing process has only just begun, and the pain will never dissipate for many. As the days, weeks, and even years move past the pain will get farther away.