The Arab World Says Goodbye to Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant

Via Vox.

Basketball fans around the world are struck with grief over the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash in California. The two were among the nine victims when the aircraft came down in Calabasas.

One of the all-time greatest players of the game, Bryant spent his career playing for the LA Lakers establishing himself as a five-time NBA champion.

All over the Arab World, celebrities, influencers, and fellow sports figures sent their thoughts and prayers to the mourning family sharing personal stories of and encounters with the late NBA star, E! even dedicated a heartfelt poem to the basketball legend.

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Dear Basketball, From the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks And shooting imaginary Game-winning shots In the Great Western Forum I knew one thing was real: I fell in love with you. A love so deep I gave you my all — From my mind & body To my spirit & soul. As a six-year-old boy Deeply in love with you I never saw the end of the tunnel. I only saw myself Running out of one. And so I ran. I ran up and down every court After every loose ball for you. You asked for my hustle I gave you my heart Because it came with so much more. I played through the sweat and hurt Not because challenge called me But because YOU called me. I did everything for YOU Because that’s what you do When someone makes you feel as Alive as you’ve made me feel. You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream And I’ll always love you for it. But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer. This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding My mind can handle the grind But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye. And that’s OK. I’m ready to let you go. I want you to know now So we both can savor every moment we have left together. The good and the bad. We have given each other All that we have. And we both know, no matter what I do next I’ll always be that kid With the rolled up socks Garbage can in the corner :05 seconds on the clock Ball in my hands. 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 Love you always, Kobe

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Me dressed up as a 6-year old #LALakers super fan. 🏀 Besides showing u what a ham I WAS☝🏼at 6… I wanted to share this photo because as you can see I wasn’t dressed as a @lakers cheerleader like most girls… Instead I was dressed as a player- not just Bc I was a tomboy, but because for me first @magicjohnson and then @kobebryant— were everything! They were super human on the court… and super into giving back to humanity off of it… And I wanted to be just like them- killer in my field, but using any success to give back to my community. I hope that when we pray for Kobe & his family 💔 we also look at the man & his legacy beyond his record-setting career, and what he was doing for women in sports, sports in youth, and the city of LA! God bless! 🙌🏼 #Mamba #RIPMamba #RIPmambacita #Mambacita #MambaOut #BlackMamba #Lakers #KobeBryant #GigiBryant شكلي بعمر ٦ سنوات بلبس "الليكرز" 🏀 عكس البنات اللي كانوا بعمري بلبس المشجعات، كان اختياري اني اقدم نفسي كلاعبة لأن "ماجيك جونسون" و "كوبي براينت" كانوا كل شي! قبل ما يكونوا لاعبين محترفين كانوا بشر يدعمون الانسانية باحتراف، بالملعب و غيره، و طموحي بالحياة كان اني اصير مثلهم. اتمنى لما ندعي لكوبي و عائلته 💔 نتذكر نظرتنا للرجل و بنته و انجازاتهم لدعم رياضة النساء و الشباب! #كوبي_براينت #ليكرز

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Legends live forever ❤️👑

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WE SAID THIS: The world is mourning the death of this legend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the nine victims.

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