Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died Jan. 26 at age 41. Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
Bryant entered the NBA straight out of high school in 1996 and won five championships and one regular-season MVP award. Across the world, players, coaches and fans mourned Bryant's death, with multiple teams opening their games with back-to-back 24-second violations.
Find all of ESPN's coverage on Bryant, the Lakers and the reaction around the NBA here.
The Lakers' first game after Kobe Bryant's death was full of consoling and catharsis. -- Baxter Holmes
Kobe had the skill and knowledge to be any kind of player he wanted to be. -- Zach Lowe
From his first NBA media day to his phenomenal final game, we reveal the untold stories behind the most legendary images of the Black Mamba.
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LeBron speaks from the heart to honor crash victims
LeBron James trashes his notes and speaks from the heart to honor Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven other victims of the tragic helicopter crash.
Kobe Bryant tribute in his own words on his love of basketball and family
Ben Hong plays the cello while Kobe Bryant details his love for the game of basketball and his family in a video tribute.
Kobe loved being a 'girl dad'
Elle Duncan tells the story of when she met Kobe Bryant and how he told her he loved being the father of daughters.
Kobe Bryant's career, in his own words
Relive Kobe Bryant's historic NBA career as told by the Lakers icon.
From the archive: ESPN writers on Kobe