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Kobe Bryant's Legacy Through Sports Illustrated's Eyes

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Kobe Bryant was more than an NBA player. He was a legend. 

On Sunday morning, the 41-year-old former LA Laker was killed in a fatal helicopter crash that also took the lives of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others. 

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.

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

Sports Illustrated's senior writer Chris Ballard joined Katherine Ross to talk about Bryant's legacy. 

But, first, let's talk about Bryant's career. He played 20 seasons with the LA Lakers. 

Bryant retired from NBA following the 2015-2016 season.

"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."

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