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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant: Remembrances and reaction

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The life and legacy of Kobe Bryant (4:36)

A look at the legacy of Lakers great Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash at the age of 41. (4:36)

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died Jan. 26 at age 41. Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

Bryant entered the NBA straight out of high school in 1996 and won five championships and one regular-season MVP award. Across the world, players, coaches and fans mourned Bryant's death. The NBA announced in February that the All-Star Game MVP award, which he won four times, would be renamed in his honor.

Sunday would have been Bryant's 42nd birthday. In honor of his memory, Nike is launching "Mamba Week," celebrating his impact on the NBA and the sports world as a whole. On Monday, Aug. 24 -- 8/24 -- the NBA world will celebrate both of the jersey numbers worn during Bryant's 20-year playing career.

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Kobe Bryant's career, in his own words

Relive Kobe Bryant's historic NBA career, as described by the Lakers icon.

Kobe's greatness was both beautiful and maddening

Kobe had the skill and knowledge to be any kind of player he wanted to be. -- Zach Lowe

Inside Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan's private friendship

"The Last Dance" offered a glimpse into the Michael Jordan-Kobe Bryant relationship, but the bond between the two basketball icons goes far deeper.

Kobe was relentless, curious and infinitely complicated

Jackie MacMullan remembers the Lakers legend as a man with limitless possibilities on and off the court.

Kobe Bryant never stopped trying to inspire

Kobe Bryant approached his post-basketball life with the same Mamba Mentality he displayed as a player: an audacious, unyielding will to motivate the next generation. -- Ramona Shelburne

The Kobe memorial, and the moments that moved us

Vanessa Bryant, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Diana Taurasi were among those who spoke during the memorial, while Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera performed. Here is how Los Angeles, the Lakers and the NBA world honored Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

What was said after Kobe's death

People closest to Kobe Bryant shared the stories they looked back on ahead of his memorial service. -- Ramona Shelburne

Reckoning with Kobe Bryant's complicated past

With Kobe's death, Roxane Gay finds herself in the uncomfortable position of having to challenge her own rigidity in such matters.

The longest flight in Lakers history

The morning after LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant for third in all-time scoring, on the flight home from Philadelphia, the Lakers learned of Bryant's death. -- Dave McMenamin

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LeBron: There will never be closure over Kobe's death

LeBron James says he has been a wreck emotionally since the celebration of life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

Detail: Honoring Kobe Bryant

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Phil details Kobe's performance in Game 5 of the 2010 WCF

Phil Jackson goes in-depth on a Kobe Bryant fast-break dunk during Game 5 of the 2010 Western Conference finals. The new episode of "Detail," Honoring Kobe, is exclusively on ESPN+.

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Pau Gasol breaks down Kobe's 61-point MSG masterpiece

Pau Gasol breaks down a Kobe Bryant fadeaway during his 61-point performance at Madison Square Garden. The new episode of "Detail," Honoring Kobe, is available exclusively on ESPN+.

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Taurasi breaks down Kobe's legendary 65-point game vs. Blazers

Diana Taurasi breaks down Kobe Bryant's 65-point performance against the Trail Blazers in 2007. The new episode of Detail, Honoring Kobe, is available exclusively on ESPN+.

MORE: Detail: From the mind of Kobe Bryant


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Remembering Kobe

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Kobe was one of NBA's greatest gifts

Michael Wilbon reflects on Kobe Bryant's life on and off the court, as he would have turned 42 on Sunday.

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Kobe loved being a 'girl dad'

Elle Duncan tells the story of when she met Kobe Bryant and how he told her he loved being the father of daughters.

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Snoop Dogg raps tribute for late Kobe Bryant

Snoop Dogg raps a tribute to honor the late Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January.

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Why Kobe was women's basketball's biggest ally

The biggest names in women's hoops reflect on Kobe Bryant's determination to shine a light on their sport.

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Kuzma feels like Kobe is always with him

Kyle Kuzma shares the importance of playing with confidence and how often he thinks of Kobe Bryant.

From the archive: ESPN writers on Kobe