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weeping purple and gold

I was never a basketball fan until I moved from New York to LA — a move that coincided with Kobe Bryant joining the LA Lakers. And then nothing was ever the same.

Kobe was much more than a legend, much more than an icon, much more than “not human” in his capabilities and the magic he spun each night on the basketball court. His was the heart of a champion, the heart of this city. And our hearts are broken.

His being human became only too real yesterday when we heard the devastating news of his death, made even more tragic by the fact that his daughter died with him. And the loss to his wife and three other daughters is something I cannot even begin to fathom or to imagine getting through. The loss to this city is merely a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of the holes left in their hearts. And to them we can only extend our deepest condolences and the hope that they find the light they need in the memories of their love.

To this city, Kobe was more than the favorite Laker of all time, the most brilliant Laker of all time (and the pool to choose from runs incredibly deep), or even the most driven Laker of all time. In a city that bleeds purple and gold (sorry Clippers), Kobe was ours. Our brother, our son, our guy. He was always there, always invincible (even in defeat), always a fearless leader. His spirit was indomitable, his competitive instinct pure black mamba, his eye to win unblinking. Kobe was LA and LA was Kobe’s.

To think of him as no longer here is not yet possible; he was just too much a part of our lives. And while his loss reverberates around the globe, it is particularly devastating for Angelenos. The city’s favorite son is gone and we are left reeling.

Godspeed, Kobe.

MVP.

 

©2020 Claudia Grossman

 

 

7 comments on “weeping purple and gold

  1. So beautifully told, it brought tears to my eyes, and I am sure to all who reads this. He will be missed.

  2. Beautiful message!

  3. Lovely and wholehearted my friend. I had none of those connections and still have much of the shock, disbelief and sadness. And you are so right, the depth of horror, loss and unimaginable sorrow for the family is core shaking. Wishing some comfort and peace for all who are hurting…

  4. I think the gap no one knows how to explain, why we feel how we do about Kobe’s death, even tho we loose celebrities all the time and this was such an inexplicable emotion, you captured that reason for the words no one has been able to…….”Kobe was ours.” Yes he was.

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