Remembering Kobe Bryant On and Off the Court

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On Sunday, Jan. 26, the world lost a legend.

Kobe Bryant died in a fatal helicopter accident. His 13-year-old Gianna and seven other people also died in the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration has said that the helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76, crashed under “unknown circumstances.”

Both the FAA and the National Transportation and Safety Board are investigating the crash.

The crash occurred around 10 a.m. and the fire made it difficult for firefighters and emergency personnel to get to the aircraft, according to the city of Calabasas. Nobody on the ground was hurt,” reported Sports Illustrated’s Ben Pickman. 

Bryant was 41 years old. 

So, let's talk about the legacy of the former Lakers star. 

Sports Illustrated's Lakers reporter Melissa Rohlin discussed Bryant's legacy on and off the court and talked about what it was like to interview the NBA legend.

"The 18-time All-Star and 11-time All-NBA first-teamer led the Lakers to five NBA championships and scored 33,643 points in his 20-year NBA career. He retired after the 2015-16 season, having spent his entire career with the Lakers. The franchise retired his No. 8 and No. 24 jersey numbers in Dec. 2017," wrote SI's Chris Chavez. "He was 17 when he was selected with the 13th pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets before being traded to the Lakers. He went on to become the Lakers' franchise leader in points, games played, three-pointers, steals and free throws."

Watch the video above to hear about the time Rohlin talked to Bryant about his most embarrassing moment. 

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