Luka Doncic, other Dallas athletes remember Kobe Bryant on the anniversary of his death

Kobe Bryant wasn’t in the bubble with the Los Angeles Lakers last fall when they won the NBA championship. He wasn’t in Chicago for the All-Star Weekend, where half of the players wore his number on their uniforms and the other half wore his daughter’s shirt number. He wasn’t there to hear the Basketball Hall of Fame announced that his career was worth an anchor.

Yet his presence was clearly felt in each of these moments.

Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the other seven people who boarded that helicopter on a Sunday morning in Southern California have been gone for exactly a year – Tuesday marks the grim anniversary of the crash that killed them.

Tears were shed. Stories were told. Honors were given.

And if there was any doubt about what kind of legacy Bryant – a five-time NBA champion, still the fourth-highest scorer in NBA history, a 20-year league veteran – left behind, it has now been erased. It still resonates, maybe more than ever.

“God rest his soul, God rest the soul of Gigi and the seven others who were killed,” said Miami assistant coach and former Dallas Mavericks player Caron Butler, who was close to Bryant for years. “The legacy he left, man, he did it all. He inspired. If you think of getting better, taking on the storm, having the right mentality and perspective for life, and always trying to get better, then he embodied everything and therefore his legacy will live forever. “

On the anniversary of Bryant’s death, many used social media to remember the Lakers legend and legacy:

It’s been a year and it still feels unreal. I send my prayers and thoughts to the family and loved ones of Kobe Bryant. RIP to one of the biggest competitors in the world. His legacy of hard work, skill, and dedication will live on forever. #MambaForever pic.twitter.com/iomaDOKrC9

– Emmitt Smith (@ EmmittSmith22) January 26, 2021

“The mamba lives in us … and we can’t rest if the job isn’t over.”

A year ago today we lost a legend. Today we pay tribute to Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/NM9d5BXTgI

– Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 26, 2021

A year ago today at this time Mavs wanted to practice in OKC. Shortly after this exercise, we all heard the tragic news. Rick Carlisle was recently asked about his memory of that day and about coaching against Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/0rTlCAYJwl

– Brad Townsend (@townbrad) January 26, 2021

The Associated Press contributed to this post.

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