Usually, the mission of The Second String is to poke fun at the world of sports, the media and the players. Today, however, the sports world is in mourning over the unexpected passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Above all else, we are sports fans, and as such we know that today isn’t the day for comedy.
We had an article slated for today about LeBron James passing Bryant on the all-time scoring list. Obviously, given the events that have transpired, this would be far too insensitive to post. Instead, we’d like to take a moment to honor a true sports icon.
Black Mamba was one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and one of the most influential characters in sports history. A lifetime Los Angeles Laker, Bryant is on the all-time leaderboard for points, minutes played and a host of other categories. He was a five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star.
Of course, Kobe’s legacy extends beyond the court. He was an Oscar-winner for his short film “Dear Basketball.” Most importantly, though, he was a charitable man, starting the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation with his wife and acting as the official ambassador for After-School All-Stars, a national children’s charity that provides after-school programs to 72,000 inner-city kids.
Our thoughts are with Bryant’s family. If you have more than just thoughts to give, we encourage you to donate to Bryant’s charities as a way to honor him and contribute to his outstanding legacy:
Rest in peace, Kobe.
Alex and Luke, The Second String