Kobe Bryant, who called himself "black mamba," was considered the best basketball player of his generation.

Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest players in professionalbasketball history, died Sunday in a California helicopter crash with his13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people. Bryant was 41.

 

“He was one of the most extraordinary players in the historyof our game with accomplishments that are legendary,” NBA Commissioner AdamSilver said. “He will be remembered most for inspiring people around the worldto pick up a basketball.”

People are looking back on pictures of Kobe and Gianna “Gigi” Bryant

People are looking back on pictures of Kobe and Gianna “Gigi” Bryant

People speak out about Bryant’s death

People speak out about Bryant’s death

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After his retirement, Bryant immersed himself in the entertainment industry. He started his own production company and in 2017 won a producing Oscar for Dear Basketball, an animated short film based on the letter Bryant wrote announcing his retirement.

He also opened two training facilities in Thousand Oaks and Redondo Beach and coached his second-oldest daughter Gianna’s AAU basketball team, the Mambas.

In a recent interview with USA Today, Bryant talked about coaching and his work overseeing the publication of children’s books and producing television series.

“You got to do what you love to do,” Bryant said. “I love telling stories. I love inspiring kids or providing them with tools that are going to help them.”