EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– “He left a legacy before he even passed today. There was no one like 24,” Arieona Garrett says about one of the greatest basketball players. “He was unreal. A legend when he was living.”
His name on the entire country’s mind. Kobe Bryant passed away along with his 13-year-old daughter and 7 others after a helicopter crash.
In the tristate, fans took the time to remember the man behind the jersey.
“I was sitting at the woman’s UE game here and you could see the news be spread as people started looking at their phones. it kind of washed over the crowd in the middle of the game,” Michael Hawa says.
And fans say they remember when it all started.
“I remember him coming out of high school and drafting into the NBA and thinking it was incredible,” Hawa continues.
During that time, one longtime fan says he had a feeling Bryant was going to do great things.
“He’s just an all-around great player and he has a killer instinct. and it showed early on. This kid is going to be a great player,” Jeffery Chestnut explains.
And even the younger generations have memories.
“Kobe and Lebrun. that debate. the going back and forth at the lunch table about who was better,” Garrett says.
Fans say the rest of the players in the league have something to think about now.
“It’s just a tragic loss of talent and Kobe was a family man. it will probably make guys think. Life is short,” Chestnut says.
(This story was originally published on January 26, 2020)