RIP Kobe: The best memes to honor the legend a year later
A year ago today, Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and seven others died in a helicopter accident. The tragedy was a kickstart to the year of non-stop horrors that was 2020 as a whole. And it’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year since the death of Bryant, whose talent on the court was so legendary that fellow NBA players would meme him by yelling “Kobe” before making a shot.
Marking the day of the death of Kobe Bryant and the tragic helicopter crash, Twitter has taken not to make memes, but tributes for the fallen father, philanthropist, and basketball superstar. Here are some of the tributes that are sure to wreck you as we mourn for Kobe, Gigi, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan, & Christina Mauser.
Vanessa Bryant shares emotional post on anniversary of Gigi & Kobe’s death:
“will never understand why/how this tragedy couldve happened to such beautiful, kind & amazing human beings. It still doesnt seem real. Kob, we did it right. Gigi, you still make mommy proud. I love you” pic.twitter.com/BxfpKDnh2W
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) January 26, 2021
A letter from a grieving friend to a grieving mother
The tears immediately start with the screenshots shared by Vanessa Bryant on her Instagram from a letter sent to her by one of her late daughter’s best friends, Aubrey. And it will break your heart.
The death of Kobe and Gianna Bryant was tragic, but dont forgot the 7 others tragically taken too soon.
RIP to them all 🙏 pic.twitter.com/cU0Mg4zZpv
— Lugoat Dort (Im back) (@LugoatDort) January 26, 2021
In our grief over the loss of Kobe & Gigi, it’s important to remember the others who lost their lives in the helicopter crash, which will surely gut you.
RIP Kobe & Gianna Bryant, John and Keri Altobelli and their daughter, Alyssa; Sarah Chester and her daughter, Payton; and Christina Mauser, an assistant coach. 🙏🏿🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/IyLK122PAJ
— Ave (@SebastianAvenue) January 26, 2021
Simple but impactful
Another simple photo tribute to Kobe & Gigi Bryant, the Altobelli family, the Chesters, Mauser, and Zobayan.
On the one-year anniversary of the deaths of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, the Italian city of Reggio Emilia will unveil the “Largo Kobe and Gianna Bryant”, a plaza in their honor. Kobe spent several years of his youth living there.https://t.co/VDdQzG9Wll
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 26, 2021
Tributes from the places of his youth
Kobe spent several years of his youth living in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia. The city plans on unveiling a plaza named “Largo Kobe & Gianna Bryant”.
KOBE BRYANT’S 10 RULES
1. Get better every single day
2. Prove them wrong
3. Work on your weaknesses
4. Execute what you practiced
5. Learn from greatness
6. Learn from wins and losses
7. Practice mindfulness
8. Be ambitious
9. Believe in your team
10. Learn storytelling pic.twitter.com/2Fn3xAIuip
— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) January 26, 2021
Kobe’s rules for life
As we mourn Kobe’s death one year later, it’s important to remember the 10 rules that he created to live by. All, of which, we should incorporate into our own lives.
one of the things i loved ab kobe was how much he wanted to help the next generation of hoopers become better
while other retired legends spend their time living in the past and hating on new players, kobe always showed love
i wish more retired players were like kobe
— ET 🇨🇦 (8-9) (@tWeEnHeSiSpLaSh) January 26, 2021
Kobe retired from the NBA, but was always focused on supporting & helping the next generation of players rise to greatness. It’s definitely an attitude that everyone should live by: helping the previous generation become better.
I can’t believe it’s been one year since we experienced the tragic loss of my brother, my friend, Kobe Bryant. It still doesn’t feel real.
Kobe was so much more than just a basketball player and he was destined for even more greatness. pic.twitter.com/l3ulx1mmaF
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) January 26, 2021
A tribute from a friend
Alex Rodriguez shared his own tribute to his deceased friend with a video that shows some of Kobe’s greatest moments intercut with moments of friends & family.
When Kobe Bryant won the 1997 NBA Slam Dunk Contest as a rookie pic.twitter.com/5ve8VBGkXk
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) January 26, 2021
Back in 1997, Kobe Bryant won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. And this tribute shows him doing so, reminding of us all of the talents that Bryant had on the court.
Thank you God for allowing me enjoy Kobe Bryant for 20 years as a great basketball player, athlete, husband, father, philanthropist, mentor & teacher of the game to many men & women of all ages, best friend to Rob Pelinka, & brother to @jeaniebuss. pic.twitter.com/PgWY3wDzu6
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2021
The tears just don’t stop coming
Magic Johnson’s tribute to Kobe Bryant will make you shed all the tears that haven’t been wrung out of you yet.