(CNN) I was struck by reports from family and friends about the death of Kobe Bryant.
Some texts came from people with whom I had not talked for years, and even my mother, who does not care about sports, immediately wrote me a message.
I have been a fan of basketball since childhood in Portugal, and I always liked this sport – both game and viewing.
For me, as for many other people in the world, this was a huge blow.
In 1996, I saw Bryant declare his right to participate in the NBA draft for 17 years, and since I saw him in action, it has been love at first sight. I was 11 years old.
Then Michael Jordan was my ideal player and he still continues onto this section, but if anybody ever got close to him, it was Bryant, who was an identified MJ fanatic, same any other kid who developed up in the 80s and 90s
But Bryant took another step forward. He trained hard to imitate Jordan’s game. His aspiration, his dribbling, his fading … they all look like an exact copy of Jordan’s moves – minus the “tongue”, the classic trademark of MJ.
I don’t believe there is anybody other than Jordan who is as greedy and aggressive as Bryant.
Be like Kobe
O’Neill left the Lakers, but the California team continued to succeed, winning two more rings with Bryant as the lead star of the Los Angeles team.
At this point, although Philly is a child, he was adopted and raised as “Angeleno” by his people. Bryant was a genuine icon and representative of the city, who passed the border and quit in for games.
During his 20-year profession, he stayed on the equal team completely … a sort of service that you don’t see in basketball, also in multiple other games.
Personal favorite moments include his victory in the dunk contest in 1997 and 81 points fell to Toronto Raptors in 2006.
He was as stupid as possible.
Recognize the motto “Be Like Mike”?
Although, I and all other children in the square desired to be like Bryant.